West Virginia Mountaineers (4-3) vs. UCF Knights (3-4)
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. UCF Knights 10/28/23 – As we approach the end of October, top NCAAF matchups and analysis give us a closer look into the increasingly competitive season. One such exciting match-up is the showdown between the West Virginia Mountaineers, holding a 4-3 record, and the UCF Knights, currently at 3-4. These two teams are set to clash on Saturday, October 28th, marking one of the marquee matchups of NCAAF Week 9.
For the Mountaineers, CJ Donaldson Jr. has been a driving force in the ground game. With 116 rushing attempts yielding 453 yards, he’s been a steady presence. Meanwhile, Devin Carter at the wide receiver position has hauled in 17 receptions for 311 yards, showcasing his ability to make big plays downfield.
On the other side, UCF’s RJ Harvey has been exceptional as a running back, carrying the ball 112 times for 612 yards, highlighting his ability to burst through defenses. Wide receiver Javon Baker has also proven to be a lethal weapon, recording 26 receptions for an impressive 551 yards.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. UCF Knights 10/28/23 Game Info
|When:||Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET|
|Where:||FBC Mortgage Stadium|
Garrett Greene QB vs. Timmy McClain QB
Garrett Greene has been a pillar of consistency for the Mountaineers this season. With 1,184 passing yards from 71 completions on 136 attempts, Greene boasts an 8.7 YPA (Yards Per Pass Attempts). His decision-making has been solid, throwing 8 touchdowns against 2 interceptions. His passer rating of 141.8 underscores his performance this season. Greene, however, needs to be wary of getting sacked, having already lost 9 yards on 3 sacks. His ability to stay cool under pressure and read the game will be critical for West Virginia.
Timmy McClain of UCF Knights, on the other hand, has an impressive passer rating of 177.7. Having achieved 1,008 passing yards from 62 completions on 97 attempts, McClain’s 10.4 YPA is a testament to his deep-throwing capability. With 9 touchdowns to his name, McClain exhibits strong decision-making skills. Nonetheless, he has taken 10 sacks this season, which has cost his team 91 yards. Against the Mountaineers, his poise and ability to release the ball quickly will be key.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: UCF Knights -255, Total Odds: 59
The Knights, despite their losing record, are the favorites with a moneyline of -255, reflecting confidence in their home-field advantage and perhaps their past success at home. The total odds are set at 59, indicating a potentially high-scoring game.
West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Trends
West Virginia’s recent performance showcases a mixed bag. They’ve performed well against the spread in their last six games, going 4-2 ATS. However, historically, games in October seem to be their Achilles heel, with a 1-5 ATS record. Road games for the Mountaineers also tend to be low-scoring, with the total going UNDER in 6 of their last 8 games away from home. On a positive note, they’ve done well on Saturdays, boasting a 4-1 ATS record.
UCF Knights Betting Trends
The Knights have struggled against the spread in their last 11 games, with a record of 3-8 ATS. Their recent form isn’t too promising either, having lost 4 of their last 5 games. However, they have a strong record at home, going 14-3 SU in their last 17 games at their home turf. It’s worth noting that they’ve struggled against teams from the Big 12, with a 1-8 SU record, which could be a factor in this matchup.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. UCF Knights 10/28/23 Betting Picks
Based on the analysis and betting trends, this game appears to be closely contested. UCF’s home-field advantage might give them a slight edge, but West Virginia’s recent form can’t be ignored.
For those looking for multi-handicapper tips and picks, it might be wise to consider the UNDER given West Virginia’s road game trends. Also, while UCF is the favorite, West Virginia’s ATS trend on Saturdays makes them a tempting pick against the spread.
Free Pick and Prediction: UCF Knights 31, West Virginia Mountaineers 27.