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College Football Betting Preview: UCF Knights vs. Boise State Broncos

September 9, 2023


This matchup features a Big 12 team against a Mountain West foe as the UCF Knights travel to take on the Boise State Broncos in week 2 of the college football season. The UCF Knights won in week 1 at home against the Kent State Golden Flashes by a score of 56-6 while the Boise State Broncos lost on the road against the Washington Huskies by a score of 19-56. Will the UCF Knights improve to 2-0 or will the Boise State Broncos bounce back from their week 1 defeat by winning at home? Let’s take a look at how these teams fared in week 1.

The UCF Knights enter this game with a record of 1-0 following a 56-6 win at home against the Kent State Golden Flashes in week 1 of the college football season as well as covering the 35-point spread as a favorite at home. The Knights scored 56 points while compiling a total of 723 total yards offensively which included 334 passing yards and 389 rushing yards while allowing 6 points and 240 total yards defensively which included 145 passing yards and 95 rushing yards. 

John Rhys Plumlee led the team in passing, completing 22 of 30 attempts for 281 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions while adding 90 yards rushing and a touchdown. Johnny Richardson led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 100 yards. Xavier Townsend led the team in receiving, catching five of six targets for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Boise State enters this game with a record of 0-1 following a 19-56 loss on the road against the Washington Huskies as well as failing to cover as a 14-point road underdog in week 1 of the college football season. The Broncos scored 19 points while compiling 402 total yards offensively which included 264 passing yards and 138 rushing yards while allowing 56 points and 568 total yards defensively which included 490 passing yards and 78 rushing yards. 

Taylen Green led the team in passing, completing 19 of 39 attempts for 244 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions while rushing for 31 yards. George Holani led the team in rushing with ten carries for 51 yards while adding two receptions for seven yards. Ashton Jeanty led the team in receiving, catching all four targets for 109 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the UCF Knights listed as 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Boise State Broncos on Saturday in week 2 of the college football season. These teams have only played each other once before this matchup which occurred in 2021 and resulted in a 36-31 win for the UCF Knights while the Boise State Broncos covered the spread as a 6.5-point underdog. 

UCF is 1-0 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last season with a record of 7-7 ATS overall, 3-3 ATS on the road, and 6-5 ATS as a favorite while the Boise State Broncos are 0-1 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS as an underdog after finishing last season with a record of 6-7-1 ATS overall, 4-3 ATS at home, and 1-1 ATS as an underdog.

Both teams are equal in terms of talent, however, I give the slight edge to the Boise State Broncos in this matchup because they are playing at home on the Blue Field where they have been one of the better teams in college football. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Boise State Broncos +4 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday evening. 

Spooky Express Pick: Boise State Broncos +4