The AAC and the C-USA will have a chance to meet up in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. On December 23, Marshall and UCF will match up against each other. Here is the 2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Preview.
UCF Knights (9-3)
Josh Heupel has had a second solid season with the Knights, getting to nine wins. They have beat three bowl-eligible teams this season, which were Temple, Florida Atlantic and Tulane. One of their three losses came to a non-bowl-eligible team in Tulsa.
The Knights score 43 points per game, which ranks sixth in the country. They rush for 216.6 yards per game (ranking 21st) and pass for 320 yards per game (ranking eighth).
Freshman Dillon Gabriel has thrown for 3,393 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 59.4 percent completion. Five wide receivers have over 200 receiving yards on the season. Their star is Gabriel Davis, who has 72 receptions for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Four running backs get the ball a lot for the Knights. Otis Anderson and Adrian Killins Jr. both have over 600 yards rushing this season. Bentavious Thompson leads the team with eight rushing touchdowns.
UCF allows 22.8 points per game, which ranks 39th in the country. They allow 144.9 rushing yards per game (ranking 52nd) and 199.9 passing yards per game (ranking 31st). Aaron Robinson has 10 passes defended and Nevelle Clarke has 11 on the season.
Marshall Thundering Herd (8-4)
Doc Holliday has led Marshall to an eight-win season for another solid year at the university. Five of their wins came over bowl-eligible teams. One of their losses was to a team that was not bowl-eligible in Middle Tennessee.
The Thundering Herd score 25.8 points per game, which is 88th in the country. They rush for 195.6 yards per game (ranking 35th) and pass for 200.9 yards per game (ranking 95th).
Isaiah Green leads the team from the quarterback position. This season, he has thrown 2,265 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 57.5 percent completion. Four receivers have 200 receiving yards for the Thundering Herd. Tight end Armani Levias leads the team with 43 receptions for 486 yards and three touchdowns.
Marshall has a star running back in Brenden Knox, who has 1,284 yards on the ground this season and 11 touchdowns.
They allow 23.1 points per game, which ranks 41st in the country. Marshall allows 134.5 rushing yards (ranking 35th) and 227.8 passing yards per game (ranking 67th). Linebackers Tavante Beckett and Omari Cobb both have over 100 tackles this season.
UCF’s high-powered offense will win this game, as they can run the ball and pass the ball well. Marshall won’t be able to keep up.
UCF Knights 42 Marshall Thundering Herd 28
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