The University of Central Florida has made quick work of most of its opponents this season and last weekend’s opponent, SMU, was another speed bump in the Knights quest to squeeze into the College Football Playoff come January. The Knights cruised to a 48-20 victory over the Mustangs at home, but now play on the road today against a talented Memphis group.
Because of the more than convincing victory over SMU, added with losses by teams within the top 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, UCF found itself sitting at No. 10 in the country. At 5-0 and boasting the nation’s longest winning streak, which is currently now at 18 in a row, the Knights are making a strong argument to be in the national championship conversation.
The Knights plays on the road today at Liberty Bowl Memorial for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff against the Tigers. We take a look at a few keys for today’s game when Memphis and UCF clash in a American Athletic Conference matchup.
More Milton, more problems
Opposing defenses know it’s a tough task to defend against Josh Heupel’s high octane offense with quarterback McKenzie Milton at the helm and the dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate has been more than steady under center. Milton has thrown for 15 touchdowns already this season and has been just as dangerous with his legs. More touches for Milton creates more problems for Memphis’ defensive unit.
Stop 2-headed monster of Henderson-Taylor Jr.
In the Tigers’ 55-14 thrashing of Connecticut last week, Memphis (4-2) was able to rush to the tune of 378 yards on the ground in route to 634 yards of total offense. Much of the ground yardage is attributed to the running of tailbacks Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor Jr. Needless to say, UCF’s front seven will have its hands full.
Can the Knights keep up stellar road play?
Playing on the road hasn’t phased out the Knights whatsoever this season, but that’s easy to say with UCF’s only road contest being a 56-17 blowout of UConn. Can they bring that same magic to the table today? They will need every bit of it if they want to improve to 6-0.