UCF Knights (5-5) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-5)
UCF Knights vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 11/18/23 – As the NCAA football regular season winds down, Week 12 matchup between University of Central Florida Knights and Texas Tech Red Raiders should prove captivating. Both teams currently possess identical records of 5-5; their meeting on Saturday in 2023 should provide both spectators and betting aficionados an exciting contest; recent free NCAA football picks indicate this matchup being highly competitive.
UCF Knights have shown glimpses of brilliance despite their uninspiring record, particularly through RJ Harvey and Javon Baker’s performances. Harvey, an outstanding running back on this team, has amassed 1082 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, showing incredible breakaway speed through defenses. Wide receiver Javon Baker has also played an essential role in their offense with 790 receiving yards and five touchdowns as proof.
Texas Tech Red Raiders possess their own set of stars in Tahj Brooks and Jerand Bradley. Brooks, an exciting running back who has amassed 1170 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for Texas Tech this season, provides consistent scoring threats in their ground game while Jerand Bradley – with 423 receiving yards and four touchdowns – has added depth and versatility to Texas Tech’s offense.
UCF Knights vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 11/18/23 Game Info
|When:||Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Jones AT&T Stadium|
John Rhys Plumlee QB vs. Behren Morton QB
John Rhys Plumlee, quarterback for UCF Knights, has had an up-and-down season as their leader. Completing 106 out of 168 attempts with 1572 passing yards at an impressive completion percentage of 63.1% shows his effectiveness as an effective team leader while his 11 touchdown passes against 7 interceptions are an example of his playmaking skills; although room for improvement exists regarding decision-making under pressure.
Behren Morton of Texas Tech Red Raiders has produced comparable numbers. Completing 115 out of 180 attempts for 1154 passing yards at an impressive completion rate of 63.91% and with 10 touchdown passes under his belt; yet taking 12 sacks this season speaks to some vulnerability in handling defensive pressure.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Texas Tech Red Raiders -140, Total Odds: 60
The betting odds for this matchup are slightly in favor of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, with a spread of -2 and a moneyline of -115. The total over/under is set at 60, indicating expectations of a high-scoring affair. These odds suggest a tight game, with Texas Tech having a slight edge, particularly when playing at home.
UCF Knights Betting Trends
The UCF Knights have a mixed bag in terms of betting trends. They are 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games, indicating a struggle to outperform expectations. On the road, their performance dips further, with a 1-6 ATS record in their last 7 games away from home. However, their record improves significantly in games played in November, where they are 7-1 straight up in their last 8.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Trends
Texas Tech, on the other hand, shows more promising trends. They are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games and have a strong record in November games, going 5-0 ATS in their last 5. The total has gone over in 9 of their last 12 games at home, indicating their ability to score high in familiar territory.
UCF Knights vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 11/18/23 Betting Picks
The matchup between UCF and Texas Tech promises to be an intense contest. Looking at their records, home field advantage for Texas Tech, current form, and my gut feeling for what will likely occur, my final conclusion leans toward Texas Tech as they hold an edge due to their impressive November performance and ability to cover spreads consistently recently.
For bettors, Texas Tech seems to be the better pick, considering their recent ATS trends and performance at home. The over/under is a trickier proposition, but given both teams’ offensive capabilities, betting on the over could be a viable option. Handicapper consensus also points towards Texas Tech as the more favorable free sports pick in this matchup.
Free Pick and Prediction: Texas Tech Red Raiders 33, UCF Knights 30