NCAA Football – Week 2
The NCAA football betting Saturday kicks off this week at the Horseshoe in Columbus, where the Ohio State Buckeyes and the UCF Knights are going to battle it out.
The Knights were going to be on bowl probation this year, but they are appealing their probation just to make sure that this year’s team can be in a bowl game. Why the rush this year? Because UCF really believes that it has a chance to be playing in a BCS bowl game. It is going to obviously take an undefeated season for this to happen, and that will be difficult to say the least, and that means pulling an upset in this game. QB Blake Bortles was able to win the starting job at the end of last year for UCF, and he has taken over as the starter this year. Bortles only threw 16 passes in a win against the Akron Zips, but he completed 13 of those passes and threw three TDs against just a pick. This is a team that is built on its ground game, and last week, RB Latavius Murray, RB Cedric Thompson, and RB Storm Johnson all touched the ball a dozen or more times, and they are going to all have to tote the rock to beat the Buckeyes.
The ground game is going to be really tough to get going against this Ohio State defense. The Buckeyes did a yeoman’s effort against the Miami Redhawks last week. The MAC reps carried the ball 20 times (though three of which were sacks), and at the end of the game, they had a grand total of -1 yard. Needless to say, the expectation for Head Coach Urban Meyer isn’t going to be that high on a weekly basis, but he also knows if he can hold UCF down under 150 rushing yards, his Bucks are going to win this game comfortably. QB Braxton Miller rushed for 161 yards and threw for 207 more in his first game in the new Meyer-run offense. Miller is the perfect fit for what Meyer is hoping to accomplish with his offense as a mobile quarterback. RB Carlos Hyde also had a quietly solid game against the Redhawks, accounting for 17 rushes for 82 yards and two TDs.
Many think that UCF really has the ability to win this game, but we just don’t see it. Ohio State is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 non-conference games, and it is 21-8-1 ATS in its last 30 games played on field turf. The Knights are just 1-4 ATS all-time against the Big Ten (since joining the ranks of the FBS teams), and they didn’t win a single road game all of last season. Sure, they beat the Zips last week, but this isn’t Akron anymore. This is one of the most talented teams in the country. Ohio State 37 – UCF 10