University of Central Florida Knights: Keys to Victory against Maryland
Well if you look back to last season the University of Central Florida Knights and the Maryland Terrapins played in an epic double-overtime affair in which Maryland came away with the victory. Last season was the first season for both coaches who are now in their second season at their respective schools. What can we take away from last years game to key in for a Knights Victory? Last years game included 4 turnovers by UCF including the one that set up the game-winning Touchdown, a fumble by then Freshmen McKenzie Milton. UCF did manage to outgain Maryland in last years matchup 455-373. They also had more first downs 24-20.
What will need to happen this year if UCF would pull off the victory on the road? First thing first is UCF needs to take care of the football a lot better than they did last season. 4 turnovers will not win you any game and the fact that they went to overtime with 4 turnovers while Maryland didn’t turn the ball over shows you they could have won that game handily. Instead, they took a double-overtime loss in realistically a game they should have and could have won. Now flash forward to this year and the improved look of the University of Central Florida Knights. Against FIU they were able to protect Milton and they did not turn the ball over as much.
Control the line of scrimmage is another key for the Knights in order to come away with a victory. Rust, due to Hurricane Irma the Knights have not played a game since 8/31, so in this game, they will need to come out fast and furious in order to make sure no rust is showing.
A couple of things UCF will have to improve on was their running game and their kicking game. They rushed for a putrid 3.3 yards per carry on 45 attempts in the game against FIU. It will need to be closer to 4.5 in order to keep Maryland honest. The kicking also was an issue as Matthew Wright missed an extra point and a 35 yarder.
So to sum it all up I believe UCF will come out fast and fierce and will rise to conquer the Terrapins of Maryland. The final score will be 49-42 Knights win.Follow @Espowrites