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How and what to watch for No. 7 Cincinnati vs. UCF Live Online Free: Watch TV, college football online. The No. 7 Cincinnati Bearcats own a perfect record and one of the premier defenses in the nation. In order to secure a trip to a New Year’s Six bowl or perhaps even the college football playoff, they need to first topple the UCF Knights and their high-scoring offense.
Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell has delivered one of the most impressive coaching performances of the 2020 season.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 21 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bounce House — Orlando, Florida
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But despite the Bearcats’ season-long dominance, the Knights have the means to pull the upset. After a slow start to the year, UCF has found its rhythm, scoring 38 or more points in four consecutive outings. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel has posted a stat line not seen in Orlando since McKenzie Milton, throwing for 2,774 yards, 23 touchdowns, and just two picks on the year. The offense currently ranks 20th nationally in success rate and will provide one of the biggest challenges Cincinnati’s defense has seen.
But while many teams have struggled through a long season, Cincinnati is dominating. Its 7-0 record includes four wins against teams whose current records are .500 or better and the Bearcats are averaging 41.6 points per game while only allowing 12.4 points per game. UCF presents an interesting challenge in the midst of this CFP debate, not only since it was the Knights who came the closest to crashing the playoff during their undefeated 2017 season, but because it was a 27-24 Bearcats win last season that signaled a changing of the guard in the AAC East. There are no divisions in the conference this season, but the familiarity and rivalry remains. Cincinnati knows it can’t look past UCF to the Tuesday rankings release and the Knights would love nothing more than to throw a wrench into the Bearcats’ playoff-crashing plans.
Cincinnati: The primary reason the Bearcats should be taken seriously as a candidate to go undefeated and challenge for a College Football Playoff spot has been the improvement of the offense throughout the course of the season. Desmond Ridder was banged up for much of 2019 and occasionally appeared to be a limiting factor in the offense but now he’s the reason that side of the ball is thriving. Over the last four games, Ridder has accounted for 17 touchdowns, 886 passing yards and 398 rushing yards at 10.5 yards per attempt. According to Cincinnati, the last FBS player to hit all of those numbers over a four-game span was Lamar Jackson during his 2018 Heisman Trophy-winning season. Ridder is going to be a key steadying presence for the Bearcats as they try to remain undefeated through a three-game road stretch to close the season, but there’s no one else that Cincinnati fans would rather have under center. The Bearcats have won 87% of Ridder’s 31 starts, giving him the fourth-best winning percentage among FBS quarterbacks behind Trevor Lawrence, Ian Book and Zac Thomas of Appalachian State.
UCF: There’s a real pride factor on the line here with a chance to notch a quality win and return to the conference championship race, even if some of the bigger goals of previous seasons appear to be off the table. Josh Huepel and this Knights staff are not interested in hearing storylines or narratives that suggest UCF’s time as a giant is over. The overwhelming offensive firepower remains, as UCF leads the nation with 619.1 yards per game — a pace that would have the Knights threatening for the FBS record held by the 1989 Houston Cougars (624.9) — but back-to-back losses against Tulsa and Memphis have limited the expectations. Why should expectations be limited? UCF lost those two games by a combined nine points, and Saturday is a great chance to remind the entire country of how close this team is to being undefeated itself and worthy of being in the conversation as the best team in the AAC.
Why Cincinnati Will Win
The Bearcat running game will get off the plane in Orlando with 200 rushing yards, because that’s what it does.
Cincinnati and QB Desmond Ridder have been able to take games over 242 rushing yards or more in each of the last four games, and 299 or more in three of the last four.
The UCF offense might be devastating, but UC should be able to mitigate that by doing what it does – keep running, get into the backfield, convert on third downs, and dominate with the pass rush and plays in the backfield.
Besides the running game, how does Cincinnati slow this UCF machine down?
Why UCF Will Win
The offense has been devastating.
It might have been a wee bit sluggish against Temple, but by its own amazing standards, it only came up with 419 yards. It generated 455 yards against Tulsa, and rocked for well over 600 yards against everyone else.
As good as the Cincinnati running game has been, and as consistently strong as it has been overall, now it has to deal with UCF’s pace, balance, and big play ability.
SMU, Memphis and Houston all have enough offensive weapons to have done a whole lot more than it was able to against the Bearcat D, but the Knight attack is at a whole other level when it comes to its big play ability.
Cincinnati vs. UCF prediction, picks
UCF had won 21 consecutive games at the Bounce House coming into the season and is only a couple possessions away from being undefeated itself. The Knights strength (offense, passing in particular) fits right into Cincinnati’s strength and last year that led to a lower scoring game than UCF was used to playing.