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USF-UCF preview

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USF at No. 17 UCF, 8, ESPN, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

USF is 4-0 against the Knights, though the teams haven't met since 2008. A Knights victory gives them no worse than a share of the American Athletic Conference title and nudges them closer to their first BCS berth. UCF is hyping the game as "Blackout at Bright House," urging fans to wear black. The Knights rank second in the American in rushing offense (165.1 yards per game) and fourth in passing offense (289.9) and are 10th in Division I-A in turnover margin (plus-1 per game). USF has held its past two foes, Memphis and SMU, to an average of 262 total yards but has one offensive touchdown in that span. This is the 200th game in USF history and UCF's 400th.

WATCH OUT FOR … : UCF junior Blake Bortles, who ranks third in the American in total offense (298.1 yards per game) and behind only Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater in pass efficiency (169.2). Bulls coach Willie Taggart calls him an "NFL-type player." Three of Knights junior Storm Johnson's four 100-yard rushing efforts were against Penn State, Louisville and Houston. The Bulls' Andre Davis seeks his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving effort. In his past three games, the Jefferson High alumnus has 21 catches for 357 yards. Only two players on UCF's two-deep defensive depth chart are seniors.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

USF-UCF preview 11/28/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 28, 2013 10:36pm]
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