The newly minted No. 12 ranked University of Central Florida, according to the newest College Football Playoff rankings announced earlier this week, will take the field for a special Thursday night edition of college football against conference foe Temple. The Knights head into tonight’s contest with a record of 7-0 and will be debuting their new #UCFInSpace uniforms, which are a nod to the university’s ties to the space programs near Cape Canaveral.

Last time UCF took the field about two weeks ago, the Knights were able to take care of East Carolina without the services of starting quarterback McKenzie Milton. Milton was withheld because of nagging injuries, but did suit up for the game just in case things went south.

Instead, the Knights easily handled the Pirates 37-10 and now hope to improve to 8-0 on the season with a win tonight. Game tonight takes place tab Spectrum Stadium and is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. We take a look at a few keys for tonight’s contest.

Could Milton be out again? 

Reports have swirled about the undisclosed injury that is bothering Milton, but whatever it is, it must be worrisome. The Knights have had nearly a couple weeks of rest and Milton still isn’t 100 percent. Darriel Mack Jr. will get the start if Milton can’t go.

Is it panic mode for the Knights? 

Not quite, but with Milton a gametime decison, UCF will need to be sound in many other areas. UCF defensive coordinator Randy Shannon’s defense shutdown East Carolina’s offense in the second half a couple weeks ago, but the Owls are a different monster.

Home atmosphere will be the difference 

The ‘Bounce House’ will need to be the difference tonight for the Knights if they look to continue their winning ways. UCF could be looking to overcome adversity once again if they’re without Milton. Fan support could help fuel the fire. UCF will also be looking to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 games tonight.

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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