UConn-UCF Preview Capsule

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Associated Press

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

UConn (0-6, 0-2 American Athletic Conference) at No. 21 UCF (5-1, 2-0) Noon (ESPN Regional)

Line: UCF by 22 ½.

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Knights are trying to keep their momentum going a week after knocking off AAC favorite Louisville on the road. UCF is off to its best start since 1998 and is in the Top 25 for the first time since 2010. A victory would also make the Knights bowl-eligible for fourth time in five seasons. UConn interim coach T.J. Weist is looking for his first victory since taking over the four games into the season.

KEY MATCHUP

UCF defensive line vs. UConn offensive line. The Huskies need to improve across the board, but one of the biggest problem areas is on the offensive line, which has allowed 31 sacks this season. The Knights have 12 sacks on the season, with eight coming from its defensive linemen.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

UConn: WR Geremy Davis had a career day against Cincinnati last week, pulling down eight receptions and setting a new career-high with 140 receiving yards. Davis is currently top-50 nationally and top-five in the conference in receptions per game (5.5) and receiving yards per game (88). LB Yawin Smallwood also ranks second in the AAC with 77 tackles.

UCF: RB Storm Johnson continues to make QB Blake Bortles' job a lot easier, averaging 94 rushing yards per game to go along with eight touchdowns. He is also coming off a season-high 188 all-purpose yard effort in the Louisville game that included a career-high 79 receiving yards.

FACTS & FIGURES

UCF has an 8-3 all-time record in conference home openers, including winning its last six. ... The Knights play four of their final six games at home. ... UCF has had three players post 100-yard receiving games this season. ... This is the second ranked opponent the Huskies have faced this season, having lost to then-No. 15 Michigan on Sept. 21. ...UConn has nine players from Florida on its roster. UCF doesn't have any from Connecticut ...The Huskies are 2-19 all-time against ranked opponents.

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