The No. 13 ranked University of Central Florida looks to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games when they welcome Pittsburgh to Spectrum Stadium this afternoon. The Knights are coming off a 56-36 shootout victory over Florida Atlantic University just over a week ago and are aiming to start off 4-0 this 2018 campaign.

The matchup between the Knights and the Panthers is UCF’s last non-conference game, as the rest of the season the club will be playing American Athletic Conference (AAC) contests. UCF’s other game against an Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) school versus North Carolina was canceled because of Hurricane Florence.

A win against the Panthers (2-2) would help boost the Knights up the AP Top 25 rankings this weekend, as there are several matchups pitting schools in the top 15. Today’s game will be televised on ESPNU and kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. We take a closer look now at the keys to today’s contest between UCF and Pittsburgh.

McKenzie Milton should have a big day

Last weekend the Panthers fell 38-35 in a high scoring affair against North Carolina and one primary issue was slowing down the Tar Heels’ passing game. UNC quarterback Nathan Elliott threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Just previously on Thursday night, the Tar Heels were held to 10 points. Milton should have a big day through the air and on the ground.

Keep pressure on Panthers’ Kenny Pickett

Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback Kenny Pickett has thrown three interceptions so far this season and has yet to break 200 yards in any of his four starts. UCF defensive coordinator Randy Shannon will need to dial up the pressure to force some turnovers today.

Keep the country’s longest winning streak going

Its the longest continuous winning streak in the nation at currently 16 games. Extending that to 17 games in front of the home faithful should be motivational enough at the ‘Bounce House’.

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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