The 2020 Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl features 6-3 UCF against the 10-1 BYU Cougars. Here is the 2020 Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl Preview.
UCF Knights (6-3)
UCF went 6-3 on the season with three losses to solid teams. Their losses came to Tulsa, Memphis and Cincinnati. They have solid wins over Houston, Tulane and a power five conference win over Georgia Tech. To end the season, the Knights won four of five games.
The Knights have one of the best offenses in the country and average 44.3 points per game. They pass for 373 yards (second in the country) and rush for 212.6 yards (22nd in the country) per game.
Dillon Gabriel has led the offense well this year, as he has passed for 3,353 yards, 30 touchdowns and four interceptions on 61.7 percent completion. While the Knights have three players with over 400 receiving yards, they have a dynamic duo that is hard to cover. Marlon Williams has 71 receptions for 1,039 yards and 10 touchdowns (he has also opted out of playing in this game). Jaylon Robinson has 51 catches for 935 yards and five touchdowns to complete the duo.
Three running backs contribute for the Knights. Greg Mccrae has rushed for 681 yards and nine touchdowns on 131 carries. Otis Anderson has also produced a lot with 109 carries for 614 yards and four touchdowns. When those two come out of the game Bentavious Thompson has helped out with 369 yards and five rushing touchdowns.
The defense isn’t the strong point of the team, as they allow 31.4 points per game. They allow 190.2 rushing yards and 283.4 passing yards per game. Defensive back Richie Grant has been a star on the defense with 72 total tackles, five passes defended, three interceptions, two fumbles forced and two fumble recoveries.
BYU Cougars (10-1)
BYU has had one of their best seasons in recent memory, going 10-1. They have plenty of solid wins, including Army, Houston, Boise State, Western Kentucky and San Diego State. Their only loss on the season came on the road to Coastal Carolina, who is having a historic season in their own right.
The Cougars have one of the most high-powered offenses in the country that scores 43 points per game. They pass the ball well at 322.2 yards per game (ranked 12th) and run the ball decently too at 187.9 yards per game (ranked 45th).
Zach Wilson has been the star for the Cougars this year at quarterback and has pushed himself up NFL draft boards. He has passed for 3,267 yards, 30 toucdowns and three interceptions on 73.2 percent completion. BYU has three receivers with over 500 receiving yards this year. Dax Milne leads the team with 63 receptions for 1,118 yards and eight touchdowns. Tight end Isaac Rex has just 333 receiving yards, but he does have 10 touchdown catches on the season.
Three players do most of the damage on the ground for BYU. Tyler Allgeier leads the team with 957 yards and 12 touchdowns. Lopini Katoa has produced with his carries this season with 423 yards and five touchdowns. Wilson even helps out from the quarterback position with 242 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.
While the offense gets most of the attention, the BYU defense has been solid this year, allowing 14.6 points per game. They give up 195.7 passing yards (ranked 24th) and 113.2 rushing yards per game (ranked 19th). Linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi has done a little bit of everything for the Cougars with a team-leading 75 tackles, four sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
This should be a decently high-scoring game with two teams who have talented offense. BYU’s defense will be able to slow down UCF just enough to let Zach Wilson go and win the game for BYU.
BYU Cougars 41 UCF Knights 33
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