The No. 12 University of Central Florida will take the field for homecoming this afternoon when they face the Navy Midshipmen at Spectrum Stadium. The Knights will be gunning to improve to 9-0 on the season and aiming to extend the country’s longest winning streak to 22 wins in a row. UCF’s long-standing streak is the polar opposite of what Navy is trying to avoid, which would be its longest losing streak in 16 years.

The Midshipmen are currently in the midst of a 6-game skid and enter today’s contest with a record of 2-7. Already out of the question is a bowl bid for the Midshipmen, as the best they can finish at tonthis point is 5-7. UCF on the other hand continues to win, but also keeps falling down in the national rankings across the country, as they’re currently No. 12 in the College Football Playoff ranking. We take a look now at a few keys to today’s matchup.

Throwback uniforms to set the standard 

UCF will be busting out throwback uniforms from the inaugural 1984-1985 season and the Knights play well in their alternate jerseys, helmets. Last time out, the Knights were sporting the commemorative uniforms to UCF’s space program against Temple. Similar results look to be on tap today.

McKenzie Milton back and ready to roll

The Knights welcomes back starting quarterback McKenzie Milton into the lineup after missing a game due to an injury. Milton threw for over 300 yards in the team’s victory over Temple. Having another big game against Navy would do wonders heading into a tough final stretch of the season.

Slow down Navy’s triple-option attack 

Whenever facing a Ken Niumatalolo-coached team, expect plenty of the triple-option. UCF defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and his group will be spending plenty of time trying to find the football out of Navy’s misdirection offense.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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