UCF scored the first 56 points while drubbing UConn in its conference opener. … UCF has a rushing TD and a passing TD in 31 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the FBS. … UCF ranks second nationally in total offense with 568.6 yards per game. The Knights have 136 first downs, trailing Ohio State (146) for the national lead. … Cincinnati hasn’t allowed more than 14 points in each of its three wins. The Bearcats lost at Ohio State 42-0. … Cincinnati had 525 total yards in the win over Marshall, a season high. … The Bearcats were 8 for 8 in the red zone against Marshall with seven TDs and a field goal
The No. 18 Central Florida Knights will try to continue their dominance over AAC opponents when they battle the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday night at Nippert Stadium. Central Florida (4-1, 1-0 in AAC) has won 19 consecutive conference contests and hasn’t lost to an AAC foe since Nov. 26, 2016. In addition, the Knights have won three of the last four games against Cincinnati after last season’s 38-13 victory in Orlando. Meanwhile, the Bearcats (4-1, 1-0) are coming off a 52-14 win at Marshall, a performance that coach Luke Fickell described as “the complete game that we were looking for.” Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET. Central Florida is a 3.5-point favorite, and the over-under for total points scored is 60.5 in the latest UCF vs. Cincinnati odds. Before you lock in your Central Florida vs. Cincinnati picks, you’ll want to see what SportsLine’s Josh Nagel has to say.
A Nevada-based handicapper with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel was SportsLIne’s top college football analyst last season. This year, he is 11-4 with his last 15 college football picks, a winning percentage of 73.3. In addition, he has had a particularly keen eye for the Bearcats. In fact, he is a perfect 4-0 in his last four against the spread picks involving Cincinnati. That includes the Bearcats’ game against Ohio State last month in which Nagel successfully picked the Buckeyes to cover the 15-point spread. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he’s locked in on Cincinnati vs. UCF on Friday. You can see his college football picks only at SportsLine.
Nagel knows that the Knights are an offensive juggernaut. They’ve scored at least 30 points in 31 straight games, the longest streak in the AP Poll era (since 1936). They’ve also scored at least 40 points in 19 of their last 31 games and at least 50 a total of 11 times over that span. Through five weeks this season, Central Florida ranks second in the country in total offense at 568.6 yards per game.