Knights Land In Snowy Texas

Dec. 6, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - After taking off in sunny Orlando, the No. 15/17 UCF Knights (10-1, 7-0) have landed in the snowy Lone Star State of Texas for their regular season finale against the SMU Mustangs (5-6, 4-3). The team skipped its usual walk through at the stadium due to the weather conditions in the Dallas area. The SMU grounds crew spent a good portion of the day removing snow and ice so the field will be ready for play on Saturday.

The Knights will face a Mustangs' team that's fighting to go to a bowl. SMU has been focused all week on knocking off the top dog in the AAC and sending the seniors off with a postseason bowl trip. A win would give UCF its second 11-win season in school history and the first since the 2007 season. It would also give the Knights a school record eight consecutive victories.

Offensively, the Knights come into the game with the second ranked scoring offense in the conference averaging 34.6 points per game. Last season against the Mustangs, UCF rushed for 241 yards in a 42-17 stomping at Bright House Networks Stadium. The Knights are still second in rushing yards per game in the American Athletic Conference, behind only Cincinnati, averaging 157.1 yards per game.

Defensively, UCF will face the Mustangs' top passing offense in the conference. SMU is averaging over 350 passing yards per game, which is good enough for seventh in the nation. The Knights have only given up 350 passing yards or more in one game this season and are giving up an average of only 349.4 total yards per game.

Weather Report

Saturday's forecast for the game calls for a 20 percent chance of precipitation during the day. The projected high is 27 degrees and the projected low is 25 degrees.

Game Notes

To go in-depth and learn more about UCF's match up with SMU, click on the links below for the media notes, distributed by the communications staff of both squads.

UCF Game Notes

SMU Game Notes

Links / Media Coverage - Finish Strong

Orlando Sentinel - UCF's George O'Leary challenges Knights to finally play their best, deliver complete game


Kickoff is set for noon. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and the UCF-IMG College Radio Network. Fans can also watch the game on the WatchESPN link.

At the top of this blog is a quick preview of Saturday's game with the "Voice of the Knights" Marc Daniels and UCF sideline reporter Jerry O'Neill.




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