Eyes On The Prize

Nov. 25, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – For the first time since 2008, the No. 17/19 UCF Knights (9-1, 6-0) will take on the USF Bulls (2-8, 2-4) Friday night at Bright House Networks Stadium in the “I-4 Corridor Clash”, but the Knights are looking at this as more than just a rivalry game. They’re looking at this as another championship game on their journey to win the team’s first ever American Athletic Conference Championship and a berth in a BCS Bowl game.

“We just took it as another championship game, another conference game that we have to win and were just going out there, like every week, and practicing hard and not worry about the rivalry or anything else,” said senior receiver Jeff Godfrey (No. 2).

“We don’t pay attention to anything of that matter,” said senior offensive lineman Justin McCray (No. 64). “We’re just making sure we’re practicing hard and making sure we’ll be ready for the challenge on Friday.”

A victory on Friday will give the Knights at least a share of the American Athletic Conference title. A win will also give UCF its first-ever victory against USF. The Bulls lead the all-time series at 4-0 and won all four of those contests in non-conference play from 2005-08.

This will be the first time these two programs have ever faced-off as conference foes. UCF head coach George O’Leary says being in the same conference is what makes this game more important than before.

“To us it’s a big conference game with a lot of implications in regards to what happens with us,” said O’Leary. “Obviously because of the closeness of the schools it’s a game that could grow into a rival type game, but I think other than that it’s a big conference game and I think that’s where the kids have their eyes set as far as you have to win these conference games to get where we want to get.”

For more from Monday’s press conference, watch the video above. To purchase tickets to Friday’s game, click here to order them from the UCF ticket office.



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