Of the five remaining unbeaten teams in college football right now, UCF is the only one that has won each of its games by double digits. The No. 18 Knights will take their perfect 7-0 mark to Dallas, Texas today and face off against SMU (6-2).

The Knights have been one of the hottest programs in all of college football behind Scott Frost, who has been linked to the University of Florida’s recent opening after the dismissal of Jim McElwain. UCF is coming off a 73-33 dismantling of Austin Peay last weekend and the point total is a single game record for the Knights. We take a look at a few keys to tonight’s matchup between the Knights and Mustangs.

Put pressure on SMU’s Ben Hicks

In the Mustangs’ 38-34 victory over Tulsa last weekend, SMU quarterback Ben Hicks threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns. The signal caller can’t be afforded the kind of time he had in the pocket last week, so an emphasis of pressuring Hicks should be on tap for this evening.

Milton continues solid play

Talk about playing near perfect last week for UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton. The Knights’ quarterback completed 24-of-26 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Milton has been one of the most efficient signal callers in the nation and if he continues his level of play, UCF’s offense is tough to stop.

Pick your poison

UCF has a slew of playmakers to turn to when looking for the big play. It’s been musical chairs when coming down to who will be the featured guy, with running back Adrian Killins Jr., wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith and running back Greg McCrae all having a hand in being the ‘go-to’ guys.

Playing on the road is no problem 

There’s not much of a preference when it comes to whether UCF is playing at the friendly confines of Spectrum Stadium or on the road. The Knights are winning by an average of 22.6 points in their three away games against Maryland, Cincinnati and Navy.

Setting another school record 

With every win UCF nabs, the Knights set another school record and that’s what is at stake this evening. The Knights have never started off 8-0 and can further solidify itself as serious contender for the College Football Playoff.

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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