The UCF Knights open their first season as members of the Big 12 as they kick off the 2023 season at home against the Kent State Golden Flashes. The Knights enter 2023 off a 9-5 campaign which saw them fall in their final two games, the AAC Championship Game at Tulane and the Military Bowl vs. Duke. Kent State went 5-7 last season but lost head coach Sean Lewis to Colorado (as offensive coordinator) and welcome only four starters back from last year's team.
Kickoff at the FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Knights are 35.5-point favorites in the latest UCF vs. Kent State odds, per SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 54.5.
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The model knows that UCF features a potent offense led by QB John Rhys Plumlee, which averaged 469.6 total yards per game (16th best in FBS). Last season, the Knights ranked 9th nationally in rushing yards, averaging 228.4 per contest. This will be the fourth conference they've played in, having moved from being Independent in 2002 to the MAC, Conference USA, and the American Athletic Conference.
The model also knows that Kent State is thin on experience under new coach Kenni Burns. The former Minnesota assistant head coach and running backs coach heads an offense that returns no starters, having lost several key pieces of last year's team to the transfer portal. It's highly likely that the Golden Flashes will improve upon their No. 128 ranking in time of possession from 2022, considering Burns comes from Minnesota which ranked 3rd in that category last season.
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