Today marks a new era for UCF Football with Scott Frost at the helm. Since his hire in December we have received a fast paced spread offense, all new coaches except for the legend Coach Beckton, and brand new uniforms from Frost’s friends at Nike. How will this all translate on the field? Check it out:
September 3 SC State: 38-17 UCF
The First Frost is key for UCF as fans have not seen a win in Bright House for over a year and a half. Coach Frost and company will show it all as the new offense shall excel in this matchup of a FCS foe (there will be no Furman repeat). Look for things to start slow but stars like Justin Holman, Jamiyus Pittman, and TRUE Freshman Jawon Hamilton will get things rolling. No more free beer so no excuses to not be at the games.
September 10 Michigan: 41-14 Michigan
A Big Game at the Big House. UCF is not quite ready for the physicality of Michigan and Harbaugh so the speed and trickery will keep the first half close. After that I see Michigan running away with this one as a win here would be as big if not bigger than the Fiesta Bowl.
September 17 Maryland: 27-24 UCF
Parent weekend has all the promise to be UCF’s best game of the year. A large crowd is expected for a game that will be played under the lights. Expect UCF to come out sluggish at first due to last weeks game. In the end I like the home field advantage and believe this game can help start the turnaround.
September 24 FIU: 35-21 UCF
All I have to say is two words: Pay Back! I remember being in Bright House and hearing nothing but FIU chants all night long after this game. Luckily for me FlU is only 3 & a half hours away so I plan on returning the favor. The players will be amped up for this one remembering last year all started with this very team.
October 1 ECU: 31-28 ECU
The start of conference play at the place we won our last game at. At this point in the season I believe our offense will be close to its peak but still needing a bit more. This game could really go either way and the miracle in Greenville is always something to keep in mind.
October 7 Tulane: 34-21 UCF
Friday Night Lights in Orlando. This is slated to be the second biggest game of the night and UCF will prove they are back in front of a national audience. By this week I see freshman like Killins, Snelson, Hamilton, and Hill making a mark. We brought in a very talented class and they will need to make an early impact with limited depth.
October 15 Temple: 27-20 Temple
Homecoming will be another exciting one for the Knights. Temple has lost a lot from last years team especially on defense, but Matt Rhule always has a tough defense. PJ Walker is also back at QB and has given UCF some trouble over the years. Knight Nation needs to show up for this one.
October 22 UCONN: 28-24 UCF
Year 1 of the Civil Conflict was definitely one to forget. UCF has lost back to back years to UCONN and will look to turn things around. Unlike 2014 Justin Holman will not have to deal with terrible weather conditions and even if he does this team will be very balanced.
October 29 Houston: 38-21 Houston
The Cougars just have too much for the Knights to handle. Herman and Frost have very similar coaching styles and one day this will be quite the rivalry if these coaches stay put.
November 12 Cincinnati: 31-20 Cincy
Back to back tough matchups does not fare well for the Knights. The bye week will be key here and help the Knights prepare an extra week for a always tough Cincy team.
November 19 Tulsa: 42-38 UCF
Expect some high scoring offense in Orlando this weekend. Montgomery the former Baylor coach against Frost the former Oregon coach says one thing to me: TD’S! I expect UCF to win this shootout based on having the better defense.
November 26 USF: 24-20 USF
I really hate to give the Bulls the edge in back to back years, but I think UCF still needs one more year. They will have almost a full season of Frost under their belt at this time so that will help. This rivalry is getting closer and closer to being really good.
UCF 6-6, which means we are going bowling in the first season of a new era. I expect we will either play in St. Petersburg for the Bitcoin or Miami for the Miami Beach Bowl.
Bold Prediction: UCF joins the Big 12 following this season along with USF, Houston, and Cincinnati.