The UCF Knights look to break into the win column when Furman comes to town this weekend. We review the game below in the UCF vs. Furman prediction and game preview.
UCF vs. Furman Prediction & Preview
Date: Saturday, September 19
Game Time: 6:00 ET
Follow and/or Contact @Rich Cirminiello
Why You Need To Care
UCF, one of the faces of this league the past few years, is in danger of veering into a ditch. The Knights have dropped both games, to FIU and Stanford, and they looked bad doing it. And now QB Justin Holman has injured his hand. UCF will attempt to seize some momentum this week when Furman visits. The Paladins are also winless, falling to Virginia Tech last Saturday, 42-3.
Why Furman Will Win
UCF has scored just three offensive touchdowns, and is struggling at the line of scrimmage. Oh, and now an unproven quarterback is poised to take over. If Paladin QB Reese Hannon can make a few connections and RB Triston Luke is given room to run, the Knights could be in trouble.
Why UCF Will Win
The defense still has some teeth, especially up front. The Knights held Stanford to just 3.2 yards per carry, thanks to an active front seven headed by DE Thomas Niles and a group of linebackers with range. The Paladins will experience many of the same offensive stumbles they had last week in Blacksburg.
Player Who Matters
After Holman was injured last week, redshirt freshman Tyler Harris and true freshman Bo Schneider shared reps, finishing 14-of-34 for 151 yards, a touchdown and a pick. George O’Leary will use this week’s practices to determine which rookie is better suited to commandeer the offense in Week 3.
What’s Going To Happen?
The defense and special teams will spark UCF to its first victory of 2015, creating the big plays needed to prop up the sagging offense. It won’t be at all pretty, but the Knights aren’t in a position to be choosy at this stage of the rebuilding process.
UCF vs. Furman Score Prediction
Final Score: UCF 30, Furman 13, Line: No Line, o/u: No Line
Must See Rating: 5: Republican Debate, Second Round – 1: Republican Debate, First Round … 1