UCF won’t be the most explosive offense on the field Saturday

Plus why Kyle Gibson is the local of the week and a rooting guide for Florida Gators fans.
UCF safety and Armwood High alumnus Kyle Gibson is a player to watch in Saturday's AAC title game. [ AP Photo / Mike Carlson ]
UCF safety and Armwood High alumnus Kyle Gibson is a player to watch in Saturday's AAC title game. [ AP Photo / Mike Carlson ]
Published November 30

Local of the week

UCF S Kyle Gibson (Armwood High)

The redshirt senior has had a productive career and strong season with 72 tackles (third on the team). Given Memphis's explosive offense, Gibson could be crucial in containing the type of big plays that could help the Tigers end UCF's perfect season.

Who needs defense?

UCF will be running up against one of the only offenses in the nation that has produced more big plays than its own. The Tigers have amassed 20-plus yards on 84 plays from scrimmage; 24 of them are rushes by RB Darrell Henderson, who has five more than any other player in the nation. UCF has 79 plays from scrimmage of at least 20 yards, which is tied for eighth in the country.

Gators rooting guide

Want No. 11 Florida to earn the SEC's spot in the Sugar Bowl? Then root for Georgia to beat Alabama, or at least keep it close. If that happens, the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs could both head to the semifinals, making the Gators the SEC's representative in New Orleans. Not a bad place to ring in the new year.

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