The No. 8 ranked Louisville Cardinals are playing host to the UCF Knights Friday night on ESPN, as they look to remain in the national title picture. However, the Cardinals better proceed with caution, because the Knights are one of the toughest opponents on their schedule and they have the ability to upset Louisville in Week 8.
We all know about the greatness of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but the Knights have an NFL caliber prospect of their own in Blake Bortles. Bortles has impressed NFL scouts throughout the season and he could continue to climb up the draft boards with a top-notch performance in prime time.
To round out the attack, Central Florida could rely heavily on Miami transfer Storm Johnson at running back to carry the load and keep Bridgewater off of the field.
Another factor that plays into the Knights favor is their experience against quality opponents in hostile environments this season.
In mid-September, the Knights rolled into Happy Valley and were able to upset the Penn State Nittany Lions to give the team a signature win early on in the year as they proved their toughness to the nation.
Recently, the Knights hosted the South Carolina Gamecocks and once again showed they can hang with the top teams in the land.
Central Florida got out to an early lead, but the Gamecocks came back to escape a heart-breaking loss. It was a great performance from the Knights and one that should cause concern for the Cardinals, who enter the match up as 11-point favorites.
With the Knights a perfect 3-0 on the road this season, the Cardinals need to play one of their best games of the year or they could suffer the same fate of the Nittany Lions. At the very least, they will get a scare a la South Carolina.
For those of you out there who like to bet on the games, take Central Florida (+11) over Louisville.