There’s plenty going on in Atlanta these days, but for the No. 12 ranked University of Central Florida there’s only one thing on their minds heading into 2018 and that’s facing the No. 7 Auburn Tigers. Tomorrow’s Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl is officially the most important game in program history since UCF faced Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl back in 2014, in which the Knights upset the Bears 52-42.

It will take another upset-minded effort from the Knights if they look to take down one of the Southeastern Conference’s most storied programs, as Auburn has been in the national championship conversation nearly every season under the watch of Tigers coach Gus Malzahn.

Looking on the other side of the spectrum in terms of head coaches, Scott Frost will coach the Knights one last time before moving on to coaching at Nebraska. Frost was announced as the Cornhuskers’ new head coach moments after UCF defeated Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship game that took place on Dec. 2 in Orlando. The Knights defeated the Tigers in a 62-55 thriller.

Along with most of the staff, Frost and his assistants stayed committed to leading the Knights throughout the preparation phase leading into the Peach Bowl and knowing that it’s a bittersweet situation. Taking over for Frost will be Josh Heupel, who served as the offensive coordinator at Missouri prior to accepting the head coaching position at UCF.

“There’s some unusual circumstances, but our staff is completely committed and we’re going to do everything we can for this football team,” Frost said. “It’s an honor to be invited to this game. These players have poured their hearts out to accomplish a lot this year.”

As thousands of fans have flocked to Mercedes-Benz Stadium from the states of Alabama and Florida, they could be in for not only one of the most intriguing games of the college football bowl season, but as Frost’s group has shown in classics against USF and Memphis, maybe the most entertaining contest. The Tigers go in as 10-point favorites and the Knights will have everything to prove.

The Peach Bowl takes place at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

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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