ORLANDO - There are several areas the Knights need to improve as a football team. Playing Bethune-Cookman allows for some of those opportunities to take place. How motivated UCF comes into this game, that will be the starting point.
Does UCF play hard from the opening drive onward? Coming into this contest with a laxed attitude will not be good enough. Full attention to detail so that the team improves before heading to Louisville and playing a week from Friday is the goal.
Here are some talking points, as well as a video breaking down the game.
**For this game, watch the Knights up front along the offensive line. Isaiah Bowser should have another big game. Does running back Johnny Richardson also get several attempts to run the football?
**The offensive line should dominate. It’s experienced, possesses the size to overwhelm Bethune-Cookman’s front seven, and it's well coached.
**Quarterback Dillon Gabriel should be carving up Bethune-Cookman’s secondary after the running game gets going. Play-action passes will be important, but distribute the football based on what Bethune-Cookman gives the offense. Don’t be greedy.
**Does the UCF defense get to the quarterback? Zero sacks against Boise State. That cannot happen against the Wildcats this Saturday. Need three or four sacks at minimum.
**When chances to intercept or deflect a pass come about, it must happen. UCF needs to make big plays when the football is in the air. That was a disappointment last week, sans the big interception from Dyllon Lester late in the game.
**Tackle better. Much better. Vast improvement will be expected.
**Which younger UCF players make an impact in the game? Need to see what the younger players can do so they are ready in bigger moments against future opponents.
Here’s a video overview of the game: