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UCF opens up 2018 at UConn Thursday night

Florida Football Insiders



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Tonight begins the next chapter for the UCF Knights, as the 2018 college football season gets underway for them and with a conference game, no less.

The Knights, who have the nation’s longest winning streak, have traveled to Connecticut to take on the Huskies in American Conference action to open up the season. A season of humongous expectation coming off a 2017 unbeaten 13-0 campaign ,which claimed national attention.

UCF ended up declaring themselves “National Champions,” as the only unbeaten team last season in big time college football. They put a banner up at Spectrum Stadium and even, issued national champions rings to coaches, players and staff.

However, now former coach Scott Frost has moved on to his alma mater Nebraska and new Coach Josh Heupel, a former National Championship winning quarterback in his own right, has taken over in Orlando. Heupel comes to UCF from having turned Missouri’s pass game into a record smashing juggernaut last season.

And the most exciting thing for Heupel and Knights fans is the anticipation around the upcoming junior season for phenom dual-threat quarterback McKenzie Milton. Milton is already a preseason Heisman Trophy favorite and looks to lead the knights explosive attack.

We wrote about the preseason hype around Milton earlier this off season and even earlier this week, when he made a phone guest appearance on the Jim Rome national radio/TV simulcast to hype the Knights this season.

UCF did suffer some losses personnel-wise from last season. That includes Tre’Quan Smith, Mike Hughes and Jordan Akins all being drafted by the National Football League. However, the Knights do welcome back one of the fastest players in the college game, RB Andre Killins, as an explosive member of the backfield with Milton.

UCF is heavily favored to rout a UConn program that has struggled for years now and been through multiple coaching changes.

The quest for another special season for the team and Milton, specifically, begins Thursday night.

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