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Central Florida -6.5 over Boston College (bought half):
Chances like this come along so infrequently during a football season - a national television stage, a respected foe from a BCS-affiliated league and a likely raucous sellout home crowd - that UCF is looking at Saturday night's showdown against Boston College as a tremendous opportunity. A defeat of Boston College Saturday at 8 p.m. would not only serve as arguably the biggest home victory in the five-year history at Bright House Networks Stadium, but it would also serve notice that UCF has another special season in the works. The Knights were shockingly left out of the preseason national rankings after climbing to as high as No. 20 last season and this is their chance to shove their way back into the national conversation.
One sign of the progress that UCF has made and the respect that the football program is getting now is a subtle change in the lead-up to this game. Unlike in years past against BCS schools, the Knights are actually favored and the pick of many to roll, especially because of the diminished state of Boston College's team with injuries at running back and wide receiver. UCF (1-0) is coming off a 62-0 throttling of Charleston Southern last week, but fully aware that its level of play will have to climb against the Eagles (0-1). Boston College lost 24-17 to Northwestern last week, a game that was played without ACC Preseason Player of the Year Montel Harris (knee surgery) and one that cost it star wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah (season-ending knee injury). Harris has since been ruled out of Saturday's game and Boston College coach Frank Spaziani knows that his team has its work cut out against UCF. Jeff Godfrey ran for three touchdowns last week, helping the Knights set a new school record for rushing touchdowns in a game with eight. Tailbacks Ronnie Weaver, Latavius Murray and Brynn Harvey showed their vast potential last Saturday night, and the trio will continue to be rotated this Saturday night to keep fresh legs on the field for the Knights.
It was a year ago this week that Godfrey burst on the scene at UCF and vaulted himself into a position to become the face of the program. With the Knights trailing NC State 28-7, Godfrey - then a true freshman - entered the game and breathed life into UCF's offense with two rushing touchdowns. He drove UCF into the red zone for a potential tying score, but a fumble by wide receiver Quincy McDuffie ended the rally. Unbowed, Godfrey took control of the UCF offense and never looked back from that moment. All he's done since then is win 11 of his 13 starts and help UCF author the finest season in school history in 2010. Still just a sophomore, Godfrey knows that chances like this ,ones where the Knights can beat a respected team on national TV in front of the home crowd doesn't come along too often. So he's eager for his Knights to seize the moment and prove to the football world that UCF can play with any team. Godfrey finished 6/10 for 100 yards and was needed on only 6 of UCF's 10 drives which resulted in all 6 drives resulting in a TD.
Central Florida held Charleston to just 119 total yards last week including just 49 on the ground. Donnie Fletcher is listed as doubtful, so BC's secondary might have some more problems. Further, after hearing the offensive line was going to reshuffle back to last year’s alignment of Spinney at center and Richman at guard, the latest depth chart has stuffed Gallik back at center and moved everybody else over again. This would amount to BC showing the same offensive line that got steamrolled by Northwestern last weekend, and is of serious concern.
Boston College registered a 454-425 advantage in total yards last week while sophomore QB Chase Rettig completed 24-of-44 passing attempts for 351 yards with one INT. Andre Williams rushed 22 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 season-opening loss to Northwestern at Alumni Stadium. All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly recorded 18 tackles and one interception and sophomore linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis recorded 16 tackles to lead the defense. BC surrendered 227 yards and three touchdowns on the ground., a statistic that gives UCF a credible edge in the week 2 showdown. I like the Knights to roll this evening by at least 2 TD's, and it could get uglier if BC fails to take advantage of drives inside the red zone while having the edge in time of possession. Best of luck however you play!
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