2010 Record: 1-1
2009 Record: 8-5 (6-2 C-USA)
Last Meeting: Sept. 19, 2009
Central Florida – 23 Buffalo – 17
Central Florida leads Buffalo, 6–1
Three Knights to watch:
DE- Bruce Miller: Miller is the active sack-leader in the FBS with 28 career sacks. His pursuit of the quarterback and ability to make tackles in the backfield will really test the abilities of the Bulls' offensive coordinator, Greg Forest. Installing a successful gameplan to contain the sack specialist could be the deciding factor in the game.
QB- Jeff Godfrey: While the Bulls may have allowed Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III to score two rushing touchdowns, overall, the defense was able to limit his total rush yards. Should Godfrey see the field on Saturday, the Bulls must do the same and force the freshman to beat them with his arm. Godfrey's talent is undeniable and he is expected to be the key to UCF's future.
P- Blake Clingan- Buffalo has had success on special teams this season, both on kickoffs and punt returns and will continue to try to set up the offense with good field position. Clingan is in his senior year and makes life difficult for opposing returners with his great hang time. Look for his leg to play a big role in the field position battle on Saturday.
The Bulls will win if…they can hold the Knights to under 20 points. Central Florida is 19-3 in their last 37 games when they score 20 points or more, and only 1-14 when they fail to hit that mark. The Bulls should be fired up on defense and if Jerry Davis can get back on track, the Bulls could pull the upset.
The Knights will win…if they can execute on offense. Last week against N.C. State, UCF turned the ball over five times and still only lost by seven points. They will have to take care of the ball and make plays on offense. Their defense must contain the Bulls' offensive attack and avoid letting them score early.
I think the game will be close throughout, but Central Florida's defense will be able to limit the Bulls on offense as they continue to figure out the spread offense.
I expect the Bulls defense to rebound from last week and have a big game to keep the score close. However, the Knights will make just enough plays on offense to hand the Bulls their second loss of the year.
Central Florida- 21
Senior Sports Editor
The Bulls should have won the meeting between the two last season and will look to seek revenge at home. The Bulls' offense will struggle early, but Jerry Davis and the passing game will break through in the second half.
The defense will get pressure on the quarterback and force the Knights to challenge the experienced Bulls secondary. Look for the defense to have a big game for the Bulls.
Central Florida- 7
Asst. Sports Editor
The Bulls haven't started off games strong this season. They only put up three points in the first quarter in their win against Rhode Island and didn't score in the first 15 minutes against Baylor. The Bulls need to grasp the momentum at the start of the game, otherwise, the UCF defense may smother any chance of Buffalo catching fire.
Central Florida- 24
Asst. Sports Editor