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THE CONFLICT RETURNS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 UConn at UCF Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The UCF Knights (6-4, 4-3 AAC) are back home Saturday for their final non-conference game of the season against an former conference foe, the UConn Huskies (1-9).

Yes, it’s ConFLiCT time!

GIF courtesy The UConn Blog

And we once again have some hardware on the line:

Let’s get ready:


Game Day Guide

When: 4 p.m. ET

Where: The Bounce House

Weather: Courtesy of Black & Gold Banneret’s unofficial meteorologist and UCF alum Eric Burris:

Line: UCF -30.5 (77% of the money on UCF), Over/under 55.5 (100% on over), per OddsShark


How to Watch

TV: ESPNU

Stream: ESPN+

Crew: Connor Onion and UCF legend Leger Douzable


Series

  • IS THE CONFLICT.
  • UCF leads 5-2.
  • The Knights have won four in a row.
  • UConn’s only wins were back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.
  • Last meeting: 2019 - UCF 56, UConn 21

Keys to the Game

When UCF Has the Ball

Again, it’s about running the ball. With Isaiah Bowser still battling injuries, the Knights need to rely more on Mark-Antony Richards. He’s proven over the other non-Bowser backs to be able to handle the every-down role. His combination of size and speed will force the Huskies to play more men in the box and allow Mikey Keene to have more freedom when the decide to pass.

UCF Offense vs. South Florida Defense

Category UCF Offense FBS Rank S. Fla. Defense FBS Rank
Category UCF Offense FBS Rank S. Fla. Defense FBS Rank
Rush Yards 190.1 41st 209.9 115th
Pass Yards 220.0 76th 279.4 122nd
Total Yards 410.1 63rd 489.3 125th
Points 33.5 28th 36.3 120th
Stats: stats.ncaa.org

UCF’s Key Players to Watch

  • #16 QB Mikey Keene — 122/195 (62%), 1,263 yards, 13 TD/6 INT
  • #5 RB Isaiah Bowser — 123 carries, 549 yards, 4.5 ypc, 7 TDs
  • #3 WR Brandon Johnson — 30 catches, 433 yards, 9 TDs

UConn’s Key Players to Watch

  • #43 LB Jackson Mitchell — 98 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1.5 sack, 1 interception, 2 passes defended
  • #33 LB Hunter Webb — 56 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery
  • #19 DB Durante Jones — 52 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass defended

When UConn Has the Ball

UConn’s offense does not generate much offense on average, but the have used a relatively balanced approach between the run and pass. Freshman wide receiver Keelan Marion is the biggest threat on offense, so they’re going to try and get him the ball.

South Florida Offense vs. UCF Defense

Category S. Fla. Offense FBS Rank UCF Defense FBS Rank
Category S. Fla. Offense FBS Rank UCF Defense FBS Rank
Rush Yards 165.0 65th 161.4 84th
Pass Yards 189.7 106th 212.5 42nd
Total Yards 354.7 101st 373.9 59th
Points 24.1 99th 26.3 67th
Source: stats.ncaa.org

UConn’s Key Players to Watch

  • #8 QB Steve Krajewski — 95/170 (55%), 964 yards, 6 TD/7 INT
  • #26 RB Nathan Carter — 109 carries, 488 yards, 4.5 ypc, 1 TD
  • #1 WR Keelan Marion — 24 catches, 434 yards, 5 TDs

UCF’s Key Players to Watch

  • #15 LB Tatum Bethune — 69 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sack, 2 interceptions, 1 pass defended
  • #1 DE Big Kat Bryant — 38 tackles, 11 TFLs, 4.5 sacks
  • #37 DB Quadric Bullard — 67 tackles, 4 TFLs, 2 sacks, 5 passes defended, 3 fumble recoveries

Podcast

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Predictions

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