Today's Free Picks for
Posted at 10:30 AM EST.
3:00 PM EST. Maryland lost starting quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in its season-opening win at Texas in a game that was broadcast across the country. True freshman Kasim Hill led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, and that win looks even better now with the way Texas has responded in the past two weeks. Maryland then went on to beat Towson 63-17 to run its record to 2-0 and that’s where they sit, as last week they had off. While Maryland’s offensive numbers are terrific, the defense is not, as it allowed the Longhorns to put up massive yardage and 41 points. Even Towson threw for 210 yards against Maryland while running for another 100. What’s so interesting about this game is that UCF has been off for 21 days so this market has completely forgotten about them. We haven’t.
We had UCF wrongly pegged to go under their season win total and as fate or luck would have it, the wager was refunded because the Knights will not play the required games. UCF’s last two scheduled games have been cancelled but that only gave this tremendous coaching staff more time to prep and more time to practice. An opening night rout of Florida International showcased how well this team can pitch and catch down the field. Sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton still has ball security issues, which is a problem that can be solved and he showed improved accuracy and appears poised to take a big step forward in 2017 for what should be an increasingly explosive attack. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander is one of the top assistants in the league and he has All-America candidate Shaquem Griffin leading what might be the league's top unit. Head coach Scott Frost is an offensive guy, but learned under masters Tom Osborne, Bill Walsh and Chip Kelly, and does a great job setting a physical, run-and-hit tone for the whole program. Win or lose this week, we’ll want to be buying Frost's bunch this year and beyond and it starts here. We’re going to split this up and play UCF both on the money line and point spread.
Officially are bets will be:
UCF +180 for 1 unit
UCF +4½ for 1.02 units to win 1
TOTAL RISK is 2.02 units
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#333 Central Florida +4½ -105 (Risking 2.02 units - To Win: 1.98)