The No. 14 ranked Knights return home this afternoon to host UConn (3-6), whom are coming off a 37-20 loss to the University of South Florida last weekend and the Huskies will now be tasked with stopping the country’s top scoring offense. UCF (8-0) will be gunning to set another new mark for the record books, as Scott Frost’s group looks to go 9-0 for the first time in program history.

The last time these two teams met, the Knights fell behind early 13-0 before storming back in come from behind fashion to upend the Huskies 24-16 on the road. UCF’s win last season was a real confidence builder for the Knights, as they picked up a huge conference win. We take a look now at a few keys to this afternoon’s game between the American Athletic Conference rivals.

Keep up the pace 

That’s something Frost and crew do a very good job of and that’s a big reason why the team is averaging 48.5 points per game this season. As long as the Knights are moving fast offensively, its going to be a long day for the Huskies’ defense.

Who will be the difference maker today?

Where do we start? The Knights have seen their fair share of playmakers step up all throughout the season and there’s a slew of candidates to choose from. Quarterback McKenzie Milton, running back Adrian Killins Jr. and wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith have all been consistent on offense week to week.

Can’t look ahead 

A couple very important AAC games loom ahead, with always dangerous Temple (5-5) and rival USF (8-1) coming up. Today’s contest is the proverbial ‘trap game’.

Stop UConn’s Kevin Mensah 

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound tailback rushed for 95 yards on 22 carries last week against USF and Mensah will need to be neutralized if the Knights want to keep up the tempo on the offensive end. If Mensah gets going, that could slow down the pace of the game.

Eye on 9-0

For the first time in program history, UCF can go 9-0 and the Knights will have a great opportunity here to keep momentum going into the final two games of the season.

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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