The third Saturday of football in November sees UCF take the main spotlight, but all five prominent programs are in action early and later.
Here’s what to watch:
Florida vs Idaho, Noon- Gainesville
Off a thrilling second-half 21-point rally to beat SEC East rival South Carolina last week, the Gators get to exhale with Idaho out of the Big Sky Conference Saturday in an early game.
Florida ran the ball effectively with LaMical Perine and Jordan Scarlett last week and when Feleipe Franks scored on the 4th and goal in the fourth quarter he put the finger up to the lips to “shush” the crowd. He has spent this week talking about how he was only playing around with the Gator fans that have been critical.
Florida should have no problem with the Vandals and get ready to go to Tallahassee for the arch rival Nolles next week
USF at Temple, Noon- Philadelphia
It was just three weekends ago that the Bulls were seven and oh and taking on Houston, but most including us at F.F.I., we’re doubting their 7-0 start to the season.
Unfortunately Charlie Strong’s team has borne that out by being lit up by the Cougars, then run all over at home by Tulane and last week being beaten at 9 – 1 Cincinnati.
USF was without quarterback Blake Barnett last week against the Bearcats with an injured shoulder, and he may not be playing in this game either. That means back up Chris Oladokun will have to suffice. USF better be ready to stop the run as Temple’s Ryquell Armstead is the American Conference Player of the Week and one of the top running backs that you haven’t heard a lot about
Florida State vs. Boston College 3:30 p.m.- Tallahassee
Speaking of running backs, A.J. Dillon and his B.C. teammates are ready to run all over a Florida State Defense that looks broken and demoralized. The Seminoles were lit up by Notre Dame last Saturday night and morale is low.
Our Matt Zemek wrote earlier this week that with FSU’s 41 straight winning seasons streak and 37 season bowl game streak on the line, that FSU has more concerns than both of those. However, they are sources of pride and let’s see ,if Florida State plays with some in this match-up.
Miami at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.- Blacksburg, VA
As we wrote yesterday, coach Mark Richt may very well be coaching for his job in these last couple of games. The Hurricanes are on a four-game losing streak and have self-inflicted with bad turnovers penalties and poor quarterback play.
It’s a wounded Virginia Tech team, but they are playing at home in Blacksburg and would like nothing better than to put a win on the hurricanes. Hokies quarterback Ryan Willis has played effectively since become the starter earlier in September. He has 16 TDs to 4 INTs this season.
Will Miami play with toughness pride and some good defense and find a way to win or will Richt be explaining another loss, which would be their sixth of the season and jeopardize a bowl game?
UCF vs. Cincinnati 8 p.m.- Orlando
The Marquee game in the state is one of the Marquee games in the country. It’s one of only two games involving top 25 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings that are playing each other.
And, the Knights are being featured on ESPN College GameDay’s pregame show all morning long and leading up to the noon early kickoffs. This game will be in Prime time at 8 Eastern.
McKenzie Milton leads the spectacular Knights offense and they will need to put a bunch of points up on the board against the Cincinnati team that can also score. The Bearcats have only one overtime loss at Temple this season and still have hopes of winning the American Conference East Division, if they get the victory head-to-head with UCF in this one.
For UCF, their players, fans and everyone involved, they have been craving national attention, since last season.
They now have it in a huge setting in Orlando Saturday night.
Now, will the Knights come out with “guns a-blazing” and win impressively?
Time to find out
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