UCF will look to continue their undefeated season when they host UConn at noon. They’re coming into Saturday’s contest as heavy favorites after a 31-24 win over SMU.
It’s already been an eventful week for the Knights— head coach Scott Frost and his wife, Ashley welcomed their first child early Wednesday morning.
Last week, Frost admitted to dealing with extra nerves when calling the game against SMU as he anxiously anticipated his baby’s birth.
“The joy surrounding this surpasses anything I’ve experienced,” Frost told the media on Thursday. “A lot of satisfying things have happened in my career but nothing matches the sheer joy of holding a baby for the first time.”
Now, he enters Saturday’s game focused on the task at hand against the Huskies. Here are three things to know heading into Saturday’s match-up:
1. UCF sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton currently ranks second in the nation for passing efficiency (189.1), completion percentage (.700) and passing yards per attempt (11.1). He had a career-high 412 passing yards last week against SMU. Milton is 152 of 217 for 2,409 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.
2. UConn (3-6, 2-4 AAC) dropped their last two contests to USF (37-20) and Missouri (52-12) and are hoping to upset the No. 18 Knights. The Huskies will have to rely on their running game if they want a chance to do so.
Nate Hopkins will return after missing a game with a shoulder injury. He’ll join Kevin Mensahto add another threat in the backfield. Mensah was solid in Hopkins’ absence, rushing 95 yards vs. USF.
Mensah leads UConn with 369 rushing yards and 46.1 per game.
3. If the Knights win against UConn they will tie the program record for longest winning streak. In 2013, Blake Bortles led UCF to a 9-0 finish that was capped off with a Fiesta Bowl win.