The University of Central Florida Knights have been around a remarkable run since 2017 as a portion of their AAC’s increase into the conversation about being a”Power Six” soccer conference.
Along the way, UCF had a 25-game win series culminating at an eight-point reduction to SEC powerhouse LSU in the previous year’s Fiesta Bowl and just two undefeated seasons.
While the Knights aren’t even at the College Football playoff discussion (again) due mostly to their own strength of schedule, they’ve quietly turned into a spread covering system for bettors.
During their 2017 effort the Knights increased that victory and were 8-4-1 versus the number.
So far on the 2019 schedule under head coach Josh Heupel, UCF is 2-0 against the spread, easily covering a large 44 points in UCF Florida A&M before covering 13.5 vs Florida Atlantic by a factor of three at a 48-14 win. That is the Owls group that scored 21 points against CFP contender Ohio State at Week 1 and coated.
Quick math tells us UCF is 19-8-1 vs the spread since the start of the 2017 season and 11-3 ATS in its last 14??games. Just Fresno State (20-6-2 ATS) has a better mark over that 28-game period but they play in the Mountain West and don’t get a good deal of attention.
They Feel Disrespected and Take No Prisoners
This group and its fan base have been vocal about the Knights’ remedy in the playoff conversation in a system that was certainly imperfect. On the field, UCF has embraced the”control the controllables” mindset and it is working for them.
Perhaps Josh Heupel Just Covers Spreads
Before leaving Missouri the Tigers went to finish the 2017 year old. That means that Josh Heupel coached offenses are 11-6 ATS since October 7, 2017.
They A Football Team
Finally, have we considered that the simple fact that the Knights are a competent football team?
Last calendar year, UCF ended with the 5th-most yards per game on offense and the No. 6 scoring crime. Defensively they had been No. 24 in points against No. 32 in passing yards allowed.
So far in 2019, the Knights have the No. 23 scoring offense and the No. 5 scoring defense.
This week I am betting on them to cover vs Stanford and I’ll be backing them, unless oddsmakers start fixing.