In what could be one of the final games No. 14 UCF is coached by under the watch of Scott Frost, who has been linked to the Nebraska head coaching gig, the Knights play in what will be the biggest game in school history when they face No. 20 Memphis (10-1) in today’s American Athletic Conference championship, which airs 12 p.m. nationally on ABC.

If today’s contest is Frost’s last in Orlando, UCF will have plenty of fond memories from his two-year stint and they hope to add a couple in the way of an AAC title and a 12-0 season. The Knights have to feel good about their chances after coming off a thrilling 49-42 victory over rival USF last weekend. Throw in that UCF defeated Memphis 40-13 during the regular season back on Sep. 30, and there’s plenty of optimism surrounding the program. We take a look at several keys to today’s matchup.

Confidence

The level of confidence throughout the program is obviously through the roof, as the Knights already psychologically have an edge versus the Tigers after winning the initial matchup back in September. This team certainly doesn’t lack in confidence and must continue to hold that swagger heading into today’s championship game.

It’s all about McKenzie Milton 

UCF’s signal-caller has been the focal point of the country’s highest scoring offense and last week his talents were on full display when he dueled USF’s Quinton Flowers. Milton (3,301 passing yards) showed elements of the clutch gene in the second half, throwing two passes with the Knights’ undefeated season in question.

Big stage

For the second time in as many weeks, UCF will be nationally televised for those folks around the country who have not seen the Knights’ neck-breaking pace on the offensive end. UCF is currently averaging 48.3 points per game and many around the nation will get their first look at the Knights.

Ignore the distractions

Its well known around Orlando that Frost could be leaving for his alma mater over in Nebraska in the near future. All the former Oregon offensive coordinator has done is shutout that notion, with the one focus being the AAC title game.

“I’m just not going to talk about it. All I want to talk about is this football team,” Frost said about the rumors. “I’ve said this a bunch of times, but these guys have given me everything I’ve asked of them and bled and sweat for me. My focus is on this football team.”

Slow down Memphis’ offense 

The Tigers’ offense isn’t too shabby themselves, as Mike Norvell’s group Is currently second in the nation in scoring offense at 47 points per game. Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson has thrown for 318.2 yards a game and workhorse back Darrell Henderson has rushed for 1,045 yards this fall.

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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