Central Florida Knights vs. Memphis Tigers Preview and Predictions 10-17-2020

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Neither team is ranked but the game between Central Florida and Memphis on Saturday figures to be another competitive meeting between the American Athletic Conference schools.

The programs met four times in 2017 and 2018, in the regular season and AAC championship games, with UCF victorious each time. The Tigers (1-1, 0-1 AAC) have lost 13 consecutive games to UCF (2-1, 1-1) and trail in the series 13-1.

The teams, both coming off bye weeks, did not meet last season.

A crowd of approximately 10,000 is expected in the 61,008-seat Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, reduced because of COVID-19 restrictions.

"I think a lot of us do have a chip on our shoulder when it comes to UCF because of what's occurred with them in the past," Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield said. "It's going to be a battle. I don't care if we win the game 3-2, just as long as we come out with a win."

Silverfield, in his first year after replacing Mike Norvell (who is now at Florida State), mentioned that UCF's speed is of the utmost concern, especially with receiver Jaylon "Flash" Robinson, a transfer from Oklahoma, and running back Otis Anderson.

Memphis followers are aware of Anderson, who had 113 yards on 15 carries, including a 62-yard run and the game-winning touchdown in overtime of the 2017 AAC championship game.

Robinson is averaging 20.3 yards per reception.

Knights sophomore quarterback Dillon Gabriel has passed for 1,155 yards in only three games while completing 62.6 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.

"They play fast on offense, they're going to try and get 100 plays," Silverfield said. "They got playmakers, they are fast. (People) always make the comment that Florida teams are fast and they are."

UCF is coming off a 34-26 loss at home to Tulsa following road wins at Georgia Tech and East Carolina.

Memphis defeated Arkansas State at home in the season opener and lost at SMU 30-27 on Oct. 3.

Brady White is third on Memphis' career passing list with 7,970 yards.

Damonte Coxie, who caught eight passes for 85 yards against SMU, is second on the Tigers' career receiving yards chart with 3,052 yards. Antony Miller is the Tigers' leader with 3,590 receiving yards.

"Memphis is a good football team," UCF coach Josh Heupel said. "I think they have skilled players on the offensive side of the ball, and they've done a good job on special teams over the last couple of years.

"For us, it is about us. We have to do things better than we did (against Tulsa). Things that are correctable. We've got a lot of really good football players who will be ready to play."

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Memphis Tigers

  • T.J. Carter

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Carter sat out the previous game due to an undefined injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up against Cincinnati on Saturday.

  • Damonte Coxie

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Coxie sat out the last game due to an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Temple on Saturday.

  • T.J. Carter

    Out Sat | out

    Carter is dealing with an injury to an unlisted location and will not play Saturday against UCF.

Central Florida Knights

  • Otis Anderson

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Anderson exited the previous game with an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will line up Saturday versus Houston.

  • Tre Nixon

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Nixon has sat out the previous four games with a collarbone injury, and it is unknown if he will line up versus Houston on Saturday.

  • Antwan Collier

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Collier exited the last game due to an arm injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field against Houston on Saturday.

  • Brandon Moore

    Out indefinitely | out

    Morore is out with a knee injury, and it is unclear how long he will be idle.

  • Parker Boudreaux

    Out indefinitely | out

    Boudreaux has been sidelined going through the concussion protocol. It has yet to be determined when he will be cleared to return to action.

  • Bentavious Thompson

    Prob Sat | probable

    Thompson missed the last game due to an undefined ailment, and his availability for Saturday's contest against Tulane is likely.

  • Eric Mitchell

    Prob Sat | probable

    Mitchell has an undefined injury, but he is expected to be in Saturday's game versus Tulane.

  • Eriq Gilyard

    Prob Sat | probable

    Gilyard sat out the previous game due to an unlisted issue, but it is unlikely to prevent him from participating against Tulane on Saturday.