Why UCF’s Game Against USF Is Make Or Break It For Their Season

The 15th ranked UCF Knights just came off a big victory against Temple this past Saturday. Now they will have their most anticipated matchup on the season when they host the USF Bulls in the annual War on I4 matchup.

While this game would have looked better if both teams were ranked and unbeaten, this would have to do.

UCF has been dominating all season with they’re stifling defense and having the best offense in the Nation statically. They own the best record in the American conference at 10-0 and remain one of four teams in Division 1 still unbeaten (Alabama, Miami, Wisconsin, UCF).

The talk of this team all season has been they’re playing for a New Year Six Bowl; how great Scott Frost is as a head coach and what he’s done to get the team to where they are today and why UCF is getting the disrespect that they have received from the College Football Playoff Committee by not raising up higher in the standings.

However, none of that matter depending on the results of this game against USF. We’ll break it down for you.

If UCF wins, obviously all of this talk about the team all season will still matter. They will move on to face Memphis in the American Championship game on December 2nd, a game that they will host by the way and if they play well and win that game, then the Knights are guaranteed a berth in a New Year’s Six Bowl game. Most likely will be either the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia or the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton (10) gets tackled by Navy Cornerback Elijah Merchant (14) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Photo: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana.

But if they lose, that’s a different story. All of the talk about UCF during this season won’t matter. USF would win their division and will play Memphis in the American title game. They won’t get a New Year’s Six Bowl and will tumble down the rankings and may not even be ranked. That’s how big this game is.

All this talk about the Knights all season would be considered over dramatic with the exception of how great of a job Head Coach Scott Frost has done. He’s been phenomenal and will most likely be leaving to Coach team in a power five conference for more money and more spotlight.

It’s put up or shut up time for the Knights. Will the Knights continue to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with? Will the Knights fall from the pressure of this game and rivalry against USF?

Find out this Friday when the 15th rank UCF Knights go up against the USF Bulls at 3:30 at Spectrum Stadium and on ABC.