UCF Knights (6-0)
Remaining Schedule: at East Carolina | vs. Temple | vs. Navy | vs. Cincinnati | vs. South Florida
If you’re starting to forget what it’s like for the UCF Knights to lose a college football game, you’re not alone. The last time that this team knew what defeat felt like came after the 2016 Cure Bowl after a loss to Arkansas State. Following a full 13-0 campaign last season — in which, of course, they declared themselves National Champions — UCF is back at it again with a 6-0 start to the year.
The Knights are actually coming off of their closest test to date. The Memphis Tigers, who took them to double overtime in the AAC Championship Game last season, again took the Knights to the brink. McKenzie Milton and Co. actually needed a second-half comeback to just eek out the 31-30 victory over the Tigers.
Having said that, that’s the one truly close game that UCF has played this season, and against a good team no less. Over the next three weeks, they shouldn’t have much trouble as they appear far superior to teams like East Carolina, Temple and Navy. However, it’s their two-game finishing stretch of playing Cincinnati at home and then South Florida on the road that’s scary.
Those are two other unbeaten teams we’ve already discussed, so we know the quality we’re talking about here. Thus, it seems possible that, in playing those two back-to-back, UCF could be susceptible to a loss. However, I think they survive that.
Following that stretch, though, what I don’t think they survive is the AAC Championship Game. Likely in a matchup with Ed Oliver and Houston, I think the Knights will be worn down and the Cougars will jump at the opportunity and pull off a massive upset heading into bowl season.
First Loss: AAC Championship