The challenge Memphis will bring to the table against UCF tonight will help fans answer the question if last week’s 38-10 dismantling of Maryland was a mirage or not. Despite the Terrapins losing their starting quarterback in the opening quarter, not many could criticize the Golden Knights’ play on either end of the football, as Scott Frost‘s club is playing impeccably right now. UCF will finally play its first AAC contest, which was initially scheduled for three weeks ago, but was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. UCF’s original opponent for tonight, Maine, was canceled in helping of rescheduling a conference matchup. We take a look at tonight’s keys to the game when UCF faces Memphis, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Spectrum Stadium.

Defense set the tone last week

Though it has been the success of Frost’s offense that helped push UCF to new heights, the play of the Knights’ defense cannot be overlooked. Last week against Maryland, UCF held the Terrapins’ offense to 197 yards and forced three turnovers. They’ll need to be on top of their game again today versus Memphis.

First road test for Memphis

Fortunately for the Tigers, they’ve yet to play on the road, as all three of their wins have come at the friendly confines of Memphis, Tennessee. The Knights have an opportunity to pounce on the Tigers’ lack of comfort away from home.

As Milton goes, the Knights go

Makenzie Milton can do it through the air and on the ground and that’s a big reason why the Knights’ offense has been one of the most explosive in the country so far. Milton threw for 178 yards and rushed for another 94 against Maryland last weekend, so expect a steady dosage of the versatile signal caller on the ground.

It’s been awhile, Orlando

Because of Hurricane Irma, UCF has had to cancel games versus Georgia Tech and Maine and rescheduled another versus tonight’s opponent, Memphis. Last time the Knights played at home on Aug. 31, UCF handed Florida International a 61-17 loss. Expect the team to be ready to perform in front of the home crowd tonight.

KIllins Jr. on the loose

There’s no telling where running back Adrian Killins Jr. could be on the field, as Frost has the speedster lined up in the backfield, out wide and returning kicks. Killins’ playmaking ability is something to watch out for this evening.

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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