UCF vs. Tulane Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 12-3-2022

The Tulane Green Wave play host to the UCF Knights on Saturday afternoon from Yulman Stadium, with the AAC title on the line. These two actually met just a few weeks ago, in this same stadium, with the Knights taking the seven-point win. UCF comes in having won their rivalry game last week to get back into the win column, while Tulane has won two in a row in their own right. The Green Wave haven't taken down the Knights in their last five tries, though this one could be the one to flip the script, with everything on the line.

UCF is no stranger to the AAC title and even after dropping a stunner to Nav just a few weeks ago, they still find themselves with everything to play for in this one. Even with the wins coming this season, they've continued to do it in close games, which is a concern as they hit the road for the rematch on Saturday. Last week, they only beat South Florida by a touchdown and each of their last four games has seen them win by single digits. In the end, though, having already gone to Tulane and come away with the win is sure to give this group quite a bit of confidence and momentum to draw from. The Knights would love nothing more than to be the top Group of 5 team but they know it'll take a win on Saturday to make that happen.

The Knights have two injuries to keep an eye on as they head into the weekend, both of which come on the offensive side of the ball. Jordan Davis (ankle) remains out, thinning their tight end depth, while Amari Johnson (leg) has been ruled out at wide receiver as well. Neither have a catch on the season though, which is good news for the Knights that they don't expect to be missing any key pieces.

UCF has a balance on both sides of the ball but they'll need their offense to play much as it did in the first meeting, if they want success in this one. UCF has the nation's sixth-best running game and while Tulane's defense is stout, they have struggled against the run. John Rhys Plumlee has established himself as one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country and he could have himself a big night again in this one. Beyond him though, a two-headed monster at running back gives this group even more options to control the clock and in turn, control the game.

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