Preparing for Penn State

Sept. 10, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

For the first time this season, UCF (2-0, 0-0) will play a Saturday football game.  The Knights will travel to State College, Pa. to face off against the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0, 0-0) in one of the biggest venues in all of college football, the 106,572 seat Beaver Stadium.

This will be the third time in school history the Knights will travel to State College to face Penn State. UCF came up short the previous two trips, but the Knights are hoping to earn their first ever win against the Nittany Lions this weekend.

"I think the kids understand. I'm always preaching, it's the third game," said Knights head football coach George O'Leary, who often talks about 12 one-game seasons. "Obviously, we put a big importance on all of the non-conference games. I think this is a true test on how we measure up as a football team and see where we're at."

If the Knights win, it will be the first time since 1988 that UCF opens a season with a 3-0 record.  It will also be the Knights' first time to accomplish that feat as an FBS school. Coming away with a win is the Knights' lone goal this weekend.

"We've been working hard over the past years and stepping into a new conference, I think that's where we're at right now," said junior linebacker Troy Gray. "We can play with whomever and I feel confident in our team."

"To me it's just another game. If we beat them, it's just another win," said senior offensive lineman Chris Martin. "If we win, congratulations to us and we're moving on."

For more on Monday's press conference watch the video above.

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