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UCF Knights vs. Michigan Wolverines Odds and Game Predictions

UCF Knights vs. Michigan Wolverines Odds NCAA Football

Posted by: Mike Davis

The Michigan Wolverines are a heavy NCAA betting favorite when they host the University of Central Florida Knights at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on September 10th. Here are the college football betting odds for the game:

Central Florida +35½ (-110) 55½ (-110) +9000
Michigan -35½ (-110) 55½ (-110) -25000

The Logans, err, the Wolverines extruded their retractable claws and routed the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 63-3 in their season opener on September 3rd. As a result, Michigan moved up from the 7th to the 5th spot in the Associated Press Poll. Wilton Speight’s very first pass as starting QB for the Wolverines was intercepted. Hopefully, NCAA betting fans had a good look at the play – even took photos of it – because it does not seem like a sight that will reoccur too often in the future. Speight picked himself up, dusted himself off, and hit three different receivers for three passing touchdowns. All told, Speight finished 10 of 13 for 145 passing yards and the three TDs. Additionally, running back Chris Evans – not Captain America – rushed 112 yards on 8 carries for a further two touchdowns. This one was Michigan’s most one-sided win since they crushed Northwestern by 69 points 40 years ago – so may be Chris Evans is Captain America after all and was there at the time.

The UCF Knights finally bounced back from their 2015 annus horribilis and got their first win since December 4th, 2014. What’s more, they shutout the South Carolina State Bulldogs 38-0 on September 3 to open their 2016 regular season with what napalm smells like in the morning. Unfortunately, they might go back to taste the feet, I mean, defeat, against the Wolverines. One thing that UCF has going for it is a defense that can leave you seeing double – literally. Shaquem Griffin singlehandedly (literally speaking) had six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup against the Bulldogs, while twin brother Shaquill had the game’s only interception in the third quarter. Sadly, their other brother Shazam didn’t make the team.

“I want to do things that’s gonna silence (Michigan’s) crowd,” Shaquill said according to Shannon Green of the Orlando Sentinel. Like spray-painting graffiti on the Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor? Actually, if the Knights want to have a chance at pulling an upset, they must jump on Michigan’s offense, force turnovers, protect the ball, and score TDs. And whatever they do, they simply cannot afford to play from behind on the scoreboard. They same applies to the Wolverines; if they hit first they will be likely to hit often. Another key for Michigan will be to put pressure on UCF QB Justin Holman, who is still getting the hang of Troy Walters’s new offensive system. NCAA betting fans can rest assured that Don Brown’s defense will be on Holman like flies on s***. And speaking of the Wolverine’s defense, cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who missed the season opener with an undisclosed injury, will be available to play against the UCF Knights.

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