No. 10 UCF brings 18-game winning streak to Memphis
No. 10 UCF brings 18-game winning streak to Memphis for rematch of American Athletic Conference championship
By The Associated Press
Thursday, October 11, 2018
No. 10 UCF (5-0, 2-0 American) at Memphis (4-2, 1-2), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2).
Line: UCF by 4½.
Series record: UCF leads 11-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
UCF will try and to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 19 straight. The Knights are tied for the American’s East Division lead. Memphis already has two conference losses, leaving slim hopes of returning to the conference championship game if it slips again.
Whoever runs better. Both UCF and Memphis are ranked in the Top 10 nationally in rushing with Memphis eighth averaging 274.5 yards a game and UCF is 10th averaging 269.4 yards a game. Both teams are equally inefficient stopping the run with neither in the Top 75 nationally. UCF allows 181.8 yards, while Memphis gives up 172.2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
UCF: QB McKenzie Milton. He has thrown 15 touchdown passes and ranks 12th nationally with 300.2 yards passing per game.
Memphis: RB Darrell Henderson. The centerpiece of the Tigers’ rushing attack is approaching 1,000 yards already and leads the nation averaging 11.8 yards a carry. He also is second in yards rushing per game (155.7) and rushing touchdowns (12).
FACTS & FIGURES
Memphis’ only win came in 1990 at home 37-28 in first meeting between the teams. . UCF beat Memphis 62-55 in overtime in last year’s AAC title game. ... Memphis has a four-game winning streak over nationally ranked visitors since 2015, including UCLA and Navy last season. . Memphis has won 12 straight regular-season home games. . Milton has thrown a TD pass in 19 straight games. . Memphis KR Tony Pollard is averaging 31.8 yards per kickoff return for his career with six returned for TDs. He has only four returns this season with teams kicking away from him. . UCF is one of only five teams ranked in Top 20 in scoring defense and scoring offense with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Appalachian State. . UCF is averaging 48.6 points a game. ... UCF DE Titus Davis was AAC’s defensive player of week after six tackles, sack, three tackles for loss and forced fumble in Knights’ win over SMU last week. . The Tigers initially planned white-out for game with Memphis wearing white uniforms. UCF balked, so Tigers switched color scheme to a blue-out.
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