Furman 16- UCF 15.
That was your final score last Saturday night at the Bouncehouse as UCF fell to 0-3 on the season before heading up to Columbia, South Carolina to battle Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks in front of 81,000 anxious fans.
See, the only thing worse than the dejection felt by UCF players after losing to a FCS team is knowing you’re heading up to play an angry, desperate SEC opponent that was just embarrassed by their divisional rival by 35 points at the exact same time.
This doesn’t bode well for an already banged up Knights squad.
UCF rolls into Williams-Brice Stadium with a ton of questions on the offensive side of the ball. Most importantly, how to score more points. Tons of elite teams in college football give up 16 points to teams like Furman…the difference is, they score 50. So in the end, it comes down once again to offensive execution and play calling.
A source close to the team has told me week in and week out that the offensive game plan has been practiced throughout the week and then changed shortly before the Knights took the field.
This is troublesome.
I don’t know if it means there is the animosity between O’Leary and Key that has been rumored, or if one or both of those men has a last second change of heart and decides to abandon the original plan…but in the end, it needs to stop!
A step back for a team after so much turnover is inevitable in college football. You can’t resign long time veterans at this level so sometimes you have to start over.
This isn’t just a step back, it’s a glimpse at rock bottom…but the season is not over.
Even if the Knights drop another game in South Carolina this Saturday one simple fact still remains. They are 0-0 in American Athletic Conference play. The season’s goal was the win a third straight AAC Championship and really that goal isn’t impossible…yet.
There is a lot of work ahead of this 2015 UCF football team and Coach O’Leary has 2 weeks to figure it out because once AAC play begins, every loss is devastating for the Knights.
I’m being told that you should expect to see a lot more of the Nick Patti led “wild knight” formation this Saturday in Columbia. You can also expect to see Patti take over for quarterback Bo Schneider if he struggles against the Gamecocks.
The Shot Doctor joined the Football Roundup Show (Sundays 10-11 am) and predicted a 10-point win for the Knights this week. He also correctly predicted both a Jaguars and Raiders victory last Sunday…so maybe he’s on to something.
Regardless, you should all keep one thing in mind… the AAC three-peat is still within reach for your UCF Knights.
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