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UCF vs. Tulane: Preview, How to Watch, TV, Predictions, and Keys to the Game

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The Knights and Wave meet again at the Bounce House on Homecoming

Tulane v Central Florida
UCF beat Tulane last season at home
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The UCF Knights (5-3, 3-2 AAC) are back in the Bounce House for Homecoming to face the Tulane Green Wave (1-7, 0-4 AAC). It starts a stretch of three of the last four at home for the Knights.

Let’s get ready:


Game Day Guide

When: 4 p.m. ET

Where: The Bounce House

Weather: Courtesy of Black & Gold Banneret’s unofficial meteorologist and UCF alum Eric Burris:

Line: UCF -13 (96% of the money), Over/under 59 (87%), per OddsShark

How to Watch

TV: ESPNU

Stream: ESPN+

Crew: Orioles play-by-play man Kevin Brown and former Georgia QB Hutson Mason

Series

All-time: UCF leads 8-2

Last Meeting: Last year - UCF 51, Tulane 34


Keys to the Game

When UCF Has the Ball

Mikey Keene
Photo: Derek Warden

You’re going to see more of what we have been seeing. UCF is going to lead with Isaiah Bowser. He’s the focal point of the offense. Depending on what Willie Fritz’s Tulane squad lines up against him, Gus Malzahn can choose to either ride the run if Tulane doesn’t stack the box, or do what he did last week and let Mikey Keene throw it more. Teams are forced to respect the UCF run game when Bowser is on the field, so they need him out there, but balance his playing time a bit as he’s still not quite 100% from his previous injury. UCF is playing for bowl eligibility, but SMU looms on the horizon.

UCF’s Key Players to Watch

  • #16 QB Mikey Keene — 86/136 (63%), 860 yards, 10 TD/6 INT
  • #5 RB Isaiah Bowser — 109 carries, 495 yards, 7 TDs
  • #4 WR Ryan O’Keefe — 47 catches, 488 yards, 9 rushes, 150 yards, 5 total TDs

Tulane’s Key Players to Watch

  • #37 S Macon Clark — 50 tackles, 3 TFLs, 2 INTs, one sack
  • #41 LB Darius Hodges — 22 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 3 sacks
  • #9 CB Jaylon Monroe — 30 tackles, 7 passes defended

When Tulane Has the Ball

NCAA Football: Tulane at East Carolina
Tulane QB Michael Pratt
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Assuming Tulane has Michael Pratt back at quarterback, expect a lot of passing. That’ s just what they do. Tulane will most likely be playing from behind, which adds to the pass-first approach. UCF’s defensive line will need to continue their recent tear and create multiple sacks and hurries to prevent Pratt from developing a rhythm. He has been known to make games closer with his moxie against better teams.

Tulane’s Key Players to Watch

  • #7 QB Michael Pratt — 125/212 (59%), 1,598 yards, 16 TD/5 INT
  • #20 RB Cameron Carroll — 81 rush, 416 yards, 2 TDs
  • #80 WR Tyrick James — 24 catches, 358 yards, 3 TDs

UCF’s Key Players to Watch

  • #30 LB Bryson Armstrong — 66 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 QB hurries
  • #1 DE Big Kat Bryant — 31 tackles, 8 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, 7 QB hurries
  • #18 DB Dyllon Lester — 18 tackles, 2 INTs, 3 passes

Podcast

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Predictions

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