Preparing for Primetime

Oct. 14, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The UCF Knights (4-1, 1-0) will face their highest-ranked conference opponent in program history on Friday night at Papa John's Cardinals Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the first time since 1985 that the Knights will face Louisville (6-0, 2-0), which is currently ranked Nos. 6 and 8. It is also the second time in less than one month that UCF will play an opponent ranked in the Top 15.

Two weeks ago, UCF defeated the Memphis Tigers to pick up the program's first-ever American Athletic Conference victory. The Knights are looking for their second conference win of the season in front of a national audience in the Bluegrass State.

"We're going up there to win, just like every other week," said senior defensive back Sean Maag. "They're a well-rounded offense. They have a good quarterback, good receivers and a good running game."

UCF will face the top-rated scoring offense and defense in the conference. Redshirt junior receiver Josh Reese (No. 19) says even though the Cardinals have put up solid numbers, the team is going to stick to its game plan like they do every week.

"Basically, we have to keep doing what we've been doing. The pass has been working. The run has been working. So we basically have to stick to it," said Reese. "They have a good defense and they have some players that have good size. So we have to keep catching the ball and when we run the ball, we'll have to block outside."

UCF head coach George O'Leary feels this nationally-televised primetime matchup is great for both programs.

"It's a great opportunity for UCF and Louisville," said O'Leary. "Louisville is winning the games they're supposed to win. They're doing what they need to be doing each week and they could beat a lot of teams in this country."

To hear more of what was said during Monday's press conference, watch the video above.