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Central Florida Knights vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Preview and Predictions 11-08-2019


Since its lone conference loss to No. 17 Cincinnati, Central Florida has returned to dominant form with three straight double-digit victories. Though a berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game seems unlikely, the Knights look to continue their winning ways Friday night whey they visit Tulsa, which has yet to win an AAC game.

UCF's dominance has stemmed from its high-powered offense as it scored at least 41 points in each game of the winning streak. It leads the AAC in scoring offense (46.3 points per game), passing offense (324.9 yards) and total offense (551 yards), with each mark good enough for top eight in the country. Much of the success for the Knights comes at the hands of freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who has an 8:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the last three contests. Gabriel and the UCF offense should continue to feast against a Golden Hurricane's defense that has allowed more than 400 yards per game.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: UCF -17

ABOUT CENTRAL FLORIDA (7-2, 4-1 AAC): A new favorite target has emerged for Gabriel in the form of redshirt junior receiver Tre Nixon, who has eclipsed 100 yards in two of the last four games while hauling in five touchdowns. But it is still junior Gabriel Davis that leads the team in receiving yards and touchdowns, having caught at least three passes in every game this season. But a two-headed monster has also emerged in the Knights' backfield, with redshirt sophomore Bentavious Thompson scoring six times in the last four games in addition to leading rusher Otis Anderson, who rushed for 206 yards in a 63-21 victory over Temple on Oct. 26.

ABOUT TULSA (2-7, 0-5): The Golden Hurricane have had respectable offensive showings against top conference opponents, falling one point shy of beating No. 19 Memphis in addition to taking No. 23 SMU to three overtimes. Redshirt junior quarterback Zach Smith has gone two straight games without throwing an interception and has been targeting receivers Keylon Stokes and Sam Crawford Jr. often as both have at least 40 receptions. Running back Shamari Brooks has delivered when leaned on, eclipsing 100 yards rushing each time he has seen 29 or more carries.

EXTRA POINTS

1. UCF is eighth nationally in third-down defense at 29.4 percent.

2. UCF is bowl-eligible for the fourth straight season - the longest streak in program history.

3. Stokes has eclipsed 1,000 career receiving and kick return yards for Tulsa.

Prediction

Free Daily Lock Pick: NCAAF: Bowling Green vs. Miami OH - November 13th - (100% Confidence Release)

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Stadium

Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Capacity: 30,000

Last Injuries

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

  • Zach Smith

    Knee
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Smith left the previous game with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play against Houston on Nov. 23.

  • Sam Crawford Jr.

    Head
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Crawford Jr. has a head injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Friday against Central Florida.

  • Lazarus May

    Poss. Suspension
    Ques Sat | questionable

    May could be suspended by the team for an off-field incident, leaving his status for Saturday's contest versus Tulane in question.

  • Korey King

    Poss. Suspension
    Ques Sat | questionable

    King is facing a potential suspension for an off-field incident, and it is unknown if he will be available Saturday against Tulane.

Central Florida Knights

  • Greg McCrae

    Knee
    Prob Nov 23 | probable

    McCrae has missed the last three games with a knee injury, but he is likely to suit up Nov. 23 versus Tulane.

  • Tre'Quan Smith

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith has missed the previous three games with an ankle injury, but it is projected that he will take part in Sunday 's battle against the Falcons.

central-florida-knights-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Quadry Jones 3 0 428.400 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 78
Dillon Gabriel 4 0 177.008 0 104 63 2 0 0 11 1057
Brandon Wimbush 3 0 142.226 0 23 12 0 0 0 2 168
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Greg McCrae 4 0 298 0 48 3
Adrian Killins Jr. 4 0 233 0 39 3
Bentavious Thompson 4 0 193 0 20 1
Otis Anderson 4 0 180 0 26 2
Trillion Coles 2 0 47 0 16 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Gabriel Davis 4 0 380 0 20 0 5
Tre Nixon 3 0 285 0 18 0 2
Jacob Harris 4 0 157 0 5 0 1
Marlon Williams 3 0 113 0 7 0 1
Adrian Killins Jr. 4 0 102 0 5 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Aaron Robinson 4 0 14 6 0 0 1 40 5 0 0 1
Nate Evans 4 0 13 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Richie Grant 4 0 13 11 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1
Eric Mitchell 4 0 12 9 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 3
Antwan Collier 4 0 10 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Dylan Barnas 4 0 5 6 43 24 23
Daniel Obarski 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Adrian Killins Jr. 4 0 2 0 26 48
Marlon Williams 3 0 1 0 25 25
Otis Anderson 4 0 1 0 21 21
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Brandon Wimbush 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Dillon Gabriel 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Quadry Jones 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Adrian Killins Jr. 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Alex Harris 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Amari Johnson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Andrew Osteen 4 0 0 757 0 71 17 0 0
Bentavious Thompson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Otis Anderson 4 0 10 0 87 173
Marlon Williams 3 0 1 0 0 0