When: Monday January 1st, 12:30, ESPN
Current spread: Auburn -10, O/U 67.5
All-time series: Auburn 3-0
This game will answer the question on a lot of people’s minds. Did UCF belong in the playoffs? They’re the last remaining undefeated team, albeit not in a Power 5 conference. I’ve watched them play a few times, very impressive. But we’ll see what they do up against some big boys now.
UCF QB McKenzie Milton (3,795-35-9) is a dangerous player. He gets it done in the air and on the ground. In addition to his passing numbers, he rushed for 497 yards and 7 TDs. On the receiving end, he’ll have Tre’Quan Smith (54-1,082-13) and Dredrick Snelson (42-656-7). This is a solid tandem for Milton to have on the field. Adrian Killins Jr (762-10) will be running the ball for UCF. The Black Knights have a special teams weapon in Mike Hughes. He has a 17.8 punt return average with a TD and a 34.1 kick return average with 2 TDs. He’s a game changer.
Jarrett Stidham (2,827-17-4) will be under center for the Tigers. The Baylor transfer has seen success in the SEC. He’ll be looking for Ryan Davis (76-768-5) and Darius Slayton (24-574-5) to stretch the field. On the ground, Auburn has one of the best RBs in the country. Kerryon Johnson (1,320-17) has had a great season. He will be counted on heavily to carry Auburn to victory. This offense is talented on both the ground and in the air. The UCF defense will be challenged more than they have all season.
I’ve been looking forward to this game solely due to the fact that I want to see how good UCF really is. I’ll play the glass half full game here and take the points. The total seems high, so a slight lean towards the under. But if UCF is for real……….scratch that last part.