Finally we have come to the end of the regular season in college football and the University of Central Florida has continued to find ways to remain undefeated. This time around, however, the Knights were awarded with a little bit of respect after soundly defeating Cincinnati 38-13 last weekend in front of a national audience. The College Football Playoff moved UCF up to No. 9 in the country and now they have a chance to build off that as the Knights faces USF today.

The matchup has become one of the top in-state rivalries in Florida, with both the Knights and the Bulls becoming relevant in the American Athletic Conference. UCF has already clinched a berth in the AAC championship game, which will be played at Spectrum Stadium, but the Knights have aspirations of also playing in another major bowl game. Today’s game will kickoff at 4:15 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. We take a look at a few keys to today’s game as the Knights travel down I-4 west to face the Bulls.

Get Milton going early

A big piece of any game plan put together by UCF coach Josh Heupel is making sure that quarterback McKenzie Milton gets going early in the pass and run game. The dual threat quarterback had a nice game versus Cincinnati, throwing for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He will need another big performance today.

Rivalry Week 

UCF faces USF in what has become one of the state’s most looked forward to games of the entire college football season. The Knights won last year’s edition in a doozy and now they have plenty on the line when it comes to reaching a potential College Football Playoff berth.

Slow down USF’s potent offense 

The Bulls’ offense is a solid unit themselves, as they’re led by a stable of running backs and quarterback Blake Barnett. Barnett had a rough outing last week against Temple on the road, throwing for just 82 yards and tossing two interceptions.

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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