It seems like it’s been awhile since we last saw the University of Central Florida’s football team on the field, as last weekend’s matchup against the University of North Carolina was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Florence. The Knights make their way back onto the field at home tonight when they face FAU in a non-conference tilt at Spectrum Stadium.

UCF (2-0, 1-0) will look to improve to 3-0 on the season and nothing will be easy going up against Lane Kiffin’s Owls, who are a talented group out of the Conference USA and are currently 2-1 through three games. Now the Knights, whom are ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, aim to solidify their climb up the rankings despite losing a regular season contest.

Tonight’s matchup will be nationally broadcasted on ESPN and kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Eastern Time. We now take a look at some keys for tonight’s game.

Look to get Milton in a groove early 

The last time UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton was on the field for the Knights, he didn’t have the smoothest outing. The darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate threw three interceptions against South Carolina State and didn’t look like the signal caller who threw for five touchdowns in UCF’s 56-17 thrashing of UConn to start off the 2018 campaign.

Force turnovers and get the offense on the field

It’s been no secret to anyone facing the Knights or being a spectator of the team that Josh Heupel wants to play fast. There’s no better way for UCF’s offense to get out and going than Randy Shannon’s defense forcing some early turnovers and giving the Knights some extra possessions on offense.

Win convincingly, move up the ranks

Losing the North Carolina game was no doubt a killer against UCF’s resume once the College Football Playoff rankings come about, but a blowout victory over a competitive FAU bunch would help out the No. 16 ranked Knights to some extent.

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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