This week after a 62-0 home opener blowout win against FAMU, UCF heads to Boca Raton to face the Owls of FAU. This is the 3rd meeting between these two teams and it has not gone FAU’s way with the Knights winning both matchups 1st one in 2003 and then last season. In 2003 it was a 33-29 victory the coaches for each team you ask? For FAU it was Howard Schellenberg and for UCF Mike Kruczek. That year UCF finished 3-9 and FAU 11-3. Last year’s matchup was a lot more one-sided as UCF won 56-36. The Knights would go on to finish 12-1 and FAU a disappointing 5-7. This is the first time UCF has to play in Boca Raton.
Both QBs will play according to Coach Heupel
When asked in his press conference Coach Heupel said both QBs will play as they both earned that right with their play. Dillon Gabriel, the most talked-about freshmen since McKenzie Milton had a great debut as he finished 9-13 for 127 yards and 3 TDs. And at times to me looked like the more experienced and composed QB in the game. Brandon Wimbush did not have a bad night either finishing 12-23 for 168 yards and 2 TDs but he did a lot of his work with his feet as he had 8 carries for 20 yards but the ability to move the pocket is what his strengths are.
What to Watch For
Can UCF continue to have success with playing both QBs or will one of them cost them points? The running game of the Knights will ultimately prove to be too much for FAU, sure they have Home field advantage working for them but last year they had Devin Singletary and he was the only reason it was close as he carried 25 times for 131 yards and 3 touchdowns. Last year’s matchup also saw McKenzie Milton score 6 TDs 3 in the air and 3 on the ground. Who will fill the void left by Singletary for FAU and who will step up and have a “Knight” to remember like McKenzie Milton had last year. My prediction is UCF 55 FAU 21.