UCF vs. Villanova: College Football Betting Picks, Predictions and Tips – September 16, 2023

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 16, 2023

The UCF Knights (2-0) host the FCS Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at FBC Mortgage Stadium. The Knights are heavily favored, by 27 points. The over/under is 55 in the contest.

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UCF vs. Villanova Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
UCF -27 -110 -110 55 -110 -110

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Computer Pick

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Team Stat Comparison (2022)

UCF Villanova
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 32.9 (25) 10.0 (52)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 23.6 (65) 49.0 (44)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 18 (75) 2 (44)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 16 (70) 0 (65)

UCF vs. Villanova Betting Insights (2022)

UCF Stats and Trends

  • UCF has a record of 1-1-0 against the spread this season.
  • The Knights have won their only game this season when playing as at least 27-point favorites.
  • UCF games have hit the over once this season.
  • UCF has an average total of 55.5 in their contests this year, 0.5 more points than this matchup’s over/under.

Villanova Stats and Trends (2022)

  • The average over/under for Villanova’s matchups last year was 56.0, 1.0 more point than this game’s point total.

UCF Players to Watch

  • This year, John Rhys Plumlee has collected 553 passing yards (276.5 yards per game) while going 38-for-54 (70.4% completion percentage) and throwing three touchdowns and four interceptions. He has tacked on 163 rushing yards on 19 carries with one touchdown, averaging 81.5 yards per game.
  • Johnny Richardson has 162 yards on 23 carries (81.0 ypg).
  • Kobe Hudson has hauled in nine receptions for 178 yards, best on his team. He averages 89.0 receiving yards per game.
  • Javon Baker’s stat line this year shows eight catches for 132 yards. He puts up 66.0 receiving yards per game.
  • Xavier Townsend has totaled 86 yards on six receptions with one touchdown, averaging 43.0 yards per game.

Villanova Players to Watch (2022 Stats)

  • Last year Connor Watkins racked up 74 passing yards (74.0 yards per game) while going 12-for-21 (57.1% completion percentage) and throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. He tacked on 60 rushing yards on 10 carries, averaging 60.0 yards per game.
  • Last year Jalen Jackson rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries (39.0 ypg).
  • Last season Rayjoun Pringle reeled in six passes for 54 yards (54.0 yards per game) with one touchdown.
  • Jaaron Hayek also added 11 yards on two grabs. He put up 11.0 receiving yards per game last year.

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