Preview: Central Florida at Connecticut

When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 1, 2014
Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut


Teams headed in opposite directions meet Saturday when the Central Florida Knights look to extend their American Athletic Conference winning streak against the Connecticut Huskies. UCF has won all 11 of its conference games since the league's inception in 2013-14, including a 62-17 triumph in the first meeting against Connecticut. The Huskies are coming off their fifth consecutive defeat, a 31-21 setback against then-No. 17 East Carolina. 

The Knights have won five straight overall after opening losses to Penn State and Missouri and are coming off 34-14 victory over Temple. With last year's quarterback Blake Bortles in the NFL, the Knights have relied on their outstanding defense in 2014. That group will provide a big obstacle for the Huskies, who enter second-to-last in FBS scoring with an average of 14 points per game. 

TV: Noon ET, CBS Sports Network. LINE: UCF -12

ABOUT CENTRAL FLORIDA (5-2, 3-0 AAC): Sophomore quarterback Justin Holman was 25-of-39 for a career-high 336 yards and two TDs against Temple and ranks third in the conference with a 135.4 passer rating with 11 TDs and six interceptions. Running the ball has been a struggle for UCF, which ranks 120th in yards per carry (2.64). A defense that has yielded 13 points per game in conference games and ranks third nationally in red zone TD efficiency (34.6 percent) and fifth in yards per play (4.38) could make it a long day for UConn. 

ABOUT CONNECTICUT (1-6, 0-4): In its best game of the season last week, Chandler Whitmer threw for a season-high 303 yards and two TDs and Deshon Foxx caught four passes for 120 yards, including an 88-yard TD that tied East Carolina 21-21 late in the third quarter. Whitmer, who enters against UCF ranked 123rd out of 125 in Total Quarterback Rating (26.2), will need to duplicate last week's effort through the air because the Huskies are also 123rd in yards per carry (2.34). UConn has a pesky defense, ranking first in the conference in third-down conversions (33.3) and third in yards per rush (3.5), but the Huskies have recorded just eight sacks all season.

EXTRA POINTS 

1. Central Florida is 27-7 since the start of the 2012 campaign – tied for the eighth-most wins in FBS.

2. UConn tied its season high in points against East Carolina and added a season-high 397 total yards.

3. The 62 points scored last season against the Huskies was the most during coach George O'Leary's 11-year tenure at UCF, and the school's most in a game since a 63-0 win over Liberty in 2001.

PREDICTION: Central Florida 27, Connecticut 7

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Central Florida 5-2 W5 25.3 19.1 4-1 1-1 4-1 1-0 3-0
Connecticut 1-6 L5 14.0 26.4 1-3 0-3 1-5 0-0 0-4

Last Meeting

Central Florida Connecticut
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/26/13 CONN 17 UCF 62 527 176 351 233 91 142

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UCF B. Bortles 83.3 286 4 0
CONN C. Cochran 63.6 95 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UCF R. Hall 5 45 9.0 1
CONN L. McCombs 14 88 6.3 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UCF J. Worton 6 119 19.8 1
CONN B. Lemelle 3 81 27.0 1
TDs Player TD
UCF J. Godfrey 3
CONN B. Lemelle 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UCF J. Holman 57.5 1434 11 6
CONN C. Whitmer 56.0 1159 7 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UCF W. Stanback 109 364 3.3 6
CONN M. DeLorenzo 58 194 3.3 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UCF B. Perriman 24 544 22.7 4
CONN G. Davis 34 436 12.8 3
TDs Player TD
UCF W. Stanback 8
CONN G. Davis 3

Quickchart Matchup

Central Florida Off vs  Connecticut Def
316 yards
361.4 yards
2.6 yards/rush
3.5 yards/rush
7.4 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt
Connecticut Off vs  Central Florida Def
276.3 yards
305.6 yards
2.4 yards/rush
3.2 yards/rush
6.7 yards/attempt
5.5 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-115
11
-110
40
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
10.5
-110
39.5
Sportsbook
-110
10.5
-110
39.5
5Dimes.eu
-110
10.5
-110
39.5
GTBets.eu
-110
10.5
-110
39
Top Bet
-110
11
-110
39
BetOnline.ag
-110
10.5
-110
39
BetDSI
-110
10.5
-110
38.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
10.5
-110
39.5
BookMaker.eu
-110
10.5
-110
38.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
11
-110
39
Mirage
-110
11.5
OFF
Station
-110
11.5
-110
39
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Central Florida Overall Connecticut
5-2-0 W/L 1-6-0
4-3-0 ATS 1-6-0
3-4-0 O/U 1-6-0
25.3 Pts For 14.0
19.1 Pts Against 26.4
Central Florida A/H Connecticut
1-1 W/L 1-3
1-1-0 ATS 0-4-0
0-2-0 O/U 1-3-0
13.5 Pts For 15.0
25.0 Pts Against 31.2