College Football 2018 Preview: Central Florida Knights
Florida Atlantic Owls 2017 record 13-0
Central Florida Knights 2018 College Football Preview
The Central Florida Knights have high expectations in 2018 after going 13-0 a season ago (and claiming a share of the National Championship).
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Overview: First year head coach Josh Heupel inherits a high octane offense that needs to carry the load if the Knights are to approach their success of 2017.
Offense: The Central Florida Knights offense revolves around superstar quarterback McKenzie Milton who threw for over 4,000 yards in 2017. Milton might have a hard time duplicating his numbers from a year ago with Tre’Quan Smith and Jordan Akins playing on Sundays but the cupboard is not bare with Dredrick Snelson, Cam Stewart and Otis Anderson coming back. Jawon Hamilton and Adrian Killins Jr. are back to spearhead the Knights rushing attack that will run behind an offensive line that features five players with 79 career starts.
Defense: The Knights do have several losses on the defensive side of the football with five starters departing including LB Shaquem Griffin. The UCF defensive line features tackles Joey Connors and Trysten Hill but ends Jamiyus Pittman and Tony Guerad are gone and depth in this unit has a lot of young faces. Central Florida will lean on the duo of Titus Davis and Pat Jasinski at linebacker while the secondary has experience with most starters coming back. UCF was thrown on in 2017 but Alabama transfer Aaron Robinson looks like he can be a big plus at corner.
Special Teams: Central Florida gets back PK Matthew Wright and punter Mac Loudermilk but this unit needs to find one or two returners.
Outlook: Central Florida is going to be very good once again but good enough to match last season’s 13-0 record? The Knights will be good enough but we’ll have to wait and see if it happens.
8-30 at UConn
9-8 vs. South Carolina State
9-15 at North Carolina
9-21 vs. Florida Atlantic
9-29 vs. Pittsburgh
10-6 vs. SMU
10-13 at Memphis
10-20 at East Carolina
11-1 vs. Temple
11-10 vs. Navy
11-17 vs. Cincinnati
11-23 at South Florida