The UCF Knights will be taking on the Duke Blue Devils in the Military Bowl. Duke hasn’t been in a bowl game for years but not only are the Blue Devils here, they’re also favored in the sportsbook to win.
Meanwhile, UCF is at less than full strength, suffering injuries and a few major losses thanks to the transfer portal. Let’s take a look at some of the best prop bets to make versus the college football odds for this game.
Odds: UCF vs Duke Props
- Team To Score First, Duke -125, UCF -105
- Race To 40+ Points, UCF +475, Duke +240, Neither -160
- Will The Game Go To Overtime, Yes +1000, No -3000
Team To Score First, Duke -125, UCF -105
Duke currently boasts a balanced offense, led by quarterback Riley Leonard. Leonard has been great both through the air and on the ground, helping the Blue Devils average over 30 points per game for the first time since 2015.
He’s also going up against a slightly vulnerable secondary in UCF. On the other end, you have UCF’s John Rhys Plumlee expected to start at quarterback again. He’s currently very questionable with a leg injury that held him out for a few games down the stretch.
It’s going to be interesting to see how healthy he really is at the moment to start this game. All signs point toward Duke getting off to a better start, as UCF will likely look to slowly get Plumlee eased into the game script early on.
Pick: Duke -125
Race to 40+ Points: Neither -160
This doesn’t look like one of those high-scoring affairs – at least not on paper. Duke does average over 30 points but isn’t known to be an explosive, high-powered attack.
The Blue Devils are balanced and take their time moving down the field. That methodical attack will keep either end from scoring over 40 points in the afternoon.
On top of that, UCF is missing its top receiver after he went into the transfer portal and will be without a pretty significant chunk of the Knights’ offense.
Unless there are turnovers and sloppy play, which it doesn’t appear to be, neither side looks prepared to drop at least 40 points. Take “Neither” if you bet online.
Pick: Neither -160
Will The Game Go To Overtime, No -3000
This is one of the heaviest juiced props on the board but it might be useful for your college football picks. Bowl games rarely go overtime (and regular-season games hardly make it there too).
Duke and Central Florida figure to do some scoring, but it’s hard to see this being a game that needs extra time. If you’re playing some props parlays and want to throw something in to improve the payout, add the “No” here.
Picks: No -3000