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UCF vs. East Carolina: Preview, How to Watch, TV, Predictions, and Keys to the Game

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The Knights try to stop their two-game losing streak in the home conference opener vs. ECU

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 UCF at Navy Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The UCF Knights (2-2) are back home for the first time in almost a month, and begin the home conference schedule against Holton Ahlers and the East Carolina Pirates.

Let’s get ready:


Game Day Guide

When: 6 p.m. ET

Where: The Bounce House

Weather: Partly cloudy, low 80s, dropping into the upper 70s during the game.

Line: UCF -10 (60% of the money), Over/under 65.5 (OddsShark)

How to Watch

TV: ESPN+

Crew: Courtney Lyle and Brandon Weeden

Series

All-time: ECU leads 10-9. UCF has played ECU more than any other team in school history.

Last Meeting: 2020 - UCF 51, ECU 28


Keys to the Game

When UCF Has the Ball

UCF is going to continue to try and ease Mikey Keene into the offense. How much pressure falls on him will depend on how effective the running game. In terms of play-calling, expect a balanced load between running and passing with most passes to be in the shorter to medium range.

UCF’s Key Players to Watch

  • #16 QB Mikey Keene — 20/33 233 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • #25 RB Johnny Richardson — 26 attempts 193 yards, 4 receptions 32 yards

ECU’s Key Players to Watch

  • #21 DB Ja’Quan McMillian — 33 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 12 pass deflections
  • #8 DL Immanuel Hickman — 14 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

When ECU Has the Ball

Holton Ahlers is a gunslinger and will throw the ball a lot. Keaton Mitchell has exploded in 2021, averaging over 9.5 yards a carry, and is tied for 6th in the FBS in yards. He and stocky Rahji Harris deliver a thunder and lighting attack on the ground that has been very effective.

ECU’s Key Players to Watch

  • #12 QB Holton Ahlers — 101/170, 1266 yards, 7 touchdowns, 5 interceptions
  • #25 RB Keaton Mitchell — 60 attempts, 574 yards, 4 touchdowns, 14 receptions, 145 yards, 1 touchdown

UCF’s Key Players to Watch

  • #30 LB Bryson Armstrong — 40 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass deflection
  • #37 DB Quadric Bullard — 30 tackles, 1 pass deflection

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Predictions

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