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Fiesta Bowl matchup 12-0 Central Florida up against #11 LSU

State Farm Stadium in Arizona 2006 photo By Taken by en Flickr user MCSixth, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Ohio State transfer QB Joe Burrow got a chance to play and showed he is good. 2018 by Tammy Anthony Baker, Photographer via wikipedia commons

For the second straight year, the Central Florida Knights are undefeated going into the bowl season.

Today, #7 UCF will take on another SEC opponent in #11 LSU.

The Knights, who lost head coach Scott Frost to Nebraska after last season, was taken over by Josh Heupel and never lost a beat. Central Florida has a had a beef with the College Football Playoff committee for not including them into the final four the past two years with undefeated records. But you can see it both ways. Yes, the Knights are undefeated. But their opponents: UConn, South Carolina State, Florida Atlantic, SMU, East Carolina, Navy are not of the caliber of the Power Five Conference schools. Plus, the American Athletic Conference is a good conference, but is not really noticed by the people in charge of the voting. It is looked upon as an offensive, no defense league.

The fact that UCF (12-0) and the AAF champion, was able to remain undefeated is a story in itself. Their regular QB McKenzie Milton, went down with an injury for the year and backup Darriel Mack Jr. has stepped in and played adequately. In that AAF championship game, Mack rallied the Knights from a 24-7 hole to win 56-41 over Memphis.

LSU at 9-3, are led on offense by Ohio State transfer QB Joe Burrow. Who came in after finishing Spring Football with the Buckeyes and won the Tigers job. His stats of 12 touchdowns and 57 percent passing won’t wow you but he showed he can play at a major level in tough games. But the Tigers offense has struggled in other areas and can be ripe for an upset. UCF has a top-notch defense.

The Tigers have played UCF’s type of offense before in SEC games: Florida, Mississippi State, Alabama and Texas A&M. That style of offense gives the bulky LSU defensive front fits.