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A new quarterback didn’t slow down the UCF Knights offense last week, but that came against an FCS team. Now, they get a tougher opponent who will actually challenge them. FAU didn’t compete well last week against Ohio State, but they did manage to score 21 points. They’ll have a better chance of competing with a UCF Knights team going through some changes, but life still won’t be easy.
How to watch: CBS Sports Network
Start time: 6:00pm CT
Line: UCF -10.5
Location: FAU Football Stadium
UCF Knights keys to the game
- Start fast
- Build Wimbush’s confidence
- Keep FAU out of the game early and often
- Let the playmakers succeed
FAU Owls keys to the game
- Start faster
- Don’t play hero ball, but take some risks
- Put all of the pressure on the Knights
Why UCF wins
The UCF Knights didn’t win 25 regular season games in a row just by luck. They won them because they have the talent. UCF is by far the more talented team in this game, and that will show. Last year’s contest wasn’t much of a competition, and Knights fans expect it to be the same this year. It all comes down to Wimbush and the defense.
UCF’s defense gave up 36 points last year to the Owls, forcing the offense to continue scoring. They’ll need to limit the damage FAU can do early so the offense doesn’t feel the pressure. Wimbush is they key on that side of the ball. He made some nice throws last week, but also some bad ones. He must be more consistent this week, otherwise the UCF Knights will be on upset alert.
Why FAU wins
As we mentioned in keys to the game, the Owls need to start faster than UCF. The Knights will start fast, but the Owls must do that better. FAU went down 28-0 against Ohio State quick last week, and it was over at that point. Chris Robison is vital to that fast start. He showed last week that he can make throws against a Buckeyes defense that features a number of NFL Draft picks, but UCF doesn’t boast that same reputation. Life should be easier this week for him, but he needs to prove himself. FAU’s also at home, which always makes things interesting.
UCF’s the better team by a longshot, and it’s disrespectful to say otherwise. The Knights earned their reputation over the last two years with their play, but that also doesn’t mean an upset isn’t possible. Is it likely? No. It is possible? Absolutely. For now, we need to see it before we believe it. UCF 42 FAU 21