Stanford (@3.5) vs Central Florida (@1.32)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Central Florida will win

Stanford – Central Florida Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 15:30

The Cardinal are the defending national champion who put together a tremendous regular season with losses to Penn State (twice) and Washington. No team can make another change its strategy as much as Stanford can. Florida is one of the better blocking teams, especially with Rhamat Alhassan and Rachael Kramer in the middle, and Cheyenne Huskey going front row at setter. PVB Outlook: Heres what makes us so eager to see this clash. Carli Snyder is due for a better match than against USC, while Shainah Joseph is capable of hurting Stanford. It started from Day 1, with victories over Texas and Nebraska and showed most recently with the heroic comeback over USC. Stanfords block and back row defense with Hentz always gives Stanford a leg up in those areas. Thats not the real reason though why I wouldnt want to play Florida. We saw what happened to Nebraska in last years Final Four against Texas. Part of that will depend on who Joseph gets matched against, Plummer or Meghan McClure? There is no doubt the Big Ten rematch between Nebraska and Penn State is the more attractive matchup in terms of history, but there are no two teams scarier to play right now than Stanford and Florida. Its also impossible to replicate what Morgan Hentz can do at libero. They know how to win at this time of season because of their experience and they are as physically imposing as it comes, led by National Player of the Year candidate Kat Plummer. Its hard to replicate in practice what its like to have the 6-6 Plummer attacking, along with 6-8 Merete Lutz and 6-5 Audriana Fitzmorris. With Stanford, its kind of obvious. Heres why. Its more because the grit and fearlessness the Gators have exhibited this season is legit! Plummer blocking Joseph will be a fun matchup to pay attention if and when it happens. Its like Florida is playing with house money at this point and thats always a dangerous spot for someone like Stanford to be in.

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Coach Says: Advantage Stanford. Shes in the talk for National Player of the Year for a reason. Sometimes they hit negative. For Florida, they have the revolving door at the second outside spot. The pick is Stanford because of Plummer. Then you look at Stanfords other outside (Meghan McClure) and she doesnt look like much, but her final numbers usually shows shes efficient. On Stanford, both those girls play six rotations, where only Snyder does Florida. Sometimes they hit .100.

Central Florida crushed Florida A&M last time out, pitching a shutout in a 62-0 victory. Before you make any UCF vs. FAU odds, up from an open of 10, while the Over-Under is 68. Florida Atlantic will take on Central Florida at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Central Florida is favored by 10.5 points in the latest UCF vs. Meanwhile, FAU dropped its season-opener to Ohio State in Columbus, but managed to stay within a four-touchdown spread. ET on Saturday at FAU Stadium. FAU picks and college football predictions for this all-Florida battle, you'll want to see what the SportsLine Projection Model is saying.

has one reception. Gabriel Davis and Jacob Harris have combined for 230 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Adrian Killins Jr. The UCF Knights havent lost a home game since December of 2016. Defensively, UCF is allowing seven points and 205 yards per game. Dillon Gabriel is completing 50 percent of his passes for 372 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Nate Evans leads the UCF Knights with 13 tackles, Brendon Hayes has two sacks and Tay Gowan has one interception. The UCF Knights ground game is averaging 325 yards per contest, and Bentavious Thompson leads the way with 155 yards and one touchdown. Gabriel and Brandon Wimbush have combined for seven touchdown passes. The UCF Knights look for a 3-0 start to the season with what would be their most impressive win yet.

Dog of the day

The model knows Florida Atlantic had to start its season on the road last Saturday, and it wasn't the start they were hoping for. They ended up on the wrong side of a 45-21 defeat at Ohio State. FAU quarterback Chris Robinson was 22-of-34 for 178 yards and a touchdown, while the ground game was bottled up for just 22 yards on 33 carries.

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Betting Preview: Stanford Cardinal vs UCF Knights

This is a tough schedule spot for Stanford, who just played on the road last week against USC and now has to go to the east coast.The UCF Knights haven't lost at home in ages and have been just as good ATS as they have been SU, and you could argue this team is better than last years with all of the speed at the skill positions. The Stanford Cardinal have covered eight of their last 12 games as an underdog.The UCF Knights have covered five straight as a favorite and 10 of their last 12 overall.