It has been 23 days since the UCF Knights played a game, and they won’t have an easy task taking on a Maryland team that has already flexed it’s muscle.
The Knights blew out FIU on Thursday night August 31st and now, have had to endure two home games with Memphis and Georgia Tech being wiped out by Hurricane Irma coming through Florida.
Here are three things we are watching:
Obivously, how will UCF respond in such an unusual situation of not having played for so long after an opening game?
We know that Sophomore phenom QB McKenzie Milton was brilliant in the opener with 360 yards in the air and 4 TD passes. But, that came against an inferior defense in both teams opening game. Maryland has better talent and has played twice and is at home. It will obviously be a bigger challenge for Milton and his crew to get something going at College Park.
Next, will Maryland continue to run the ball like they have in their first two games? Specifically, will running back Ty Johnson continue his staggering start?
Johnson is averaging an amazing 15 yards per carry on his 17 attempts this season. Yes, that’s 256 yards on 17 carries of over the two Texas and Towson wins by Maryland. The Terrapins also start a true freshman at quarterback in Kasim Hill. So, they must run it effectively to take the pressure off him, too.
Finally, is there a negative carryover from last year’s dramatic double OT win by Maryland in Orlando?
The Terps snatched victory away from the Knights, when Milton, playing in his first college game, lost a fumble for the third and final time. That set the stage for the Terps to score the game winning TD on the first play of the second OT and escape 30-24.
Now, the Knights try to shake off rust and play well at a Big Ten opponent.