The UCF Knights (1-0) arrived for their walk through at Ohio State around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. The team is preparing to play the No.14 Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) for the first time in school history. Last week, UCF played just two hours away from Columbus in Akron, Ohio, where the Knights steamrolled over the Zips, 56-14.
The Knights are looking to defeat their first ranked, non-conference opponent in school history and also earn a win against a Big Ten opponent for the first time.
UCF's offense will be led by sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles, who threw for 168 yards and three touchdowns last week. One player who won't play this week is senior running back Latavius Murray. He is nursing a shoulder injury from the Knights' season opener. Head Coach George O'Leary says he is week-to-week.
Starting in Murray's place will be sophomore Storm Johnson. Behind Johnson will be senior Brynn Harvey and freshman running back Cedric Thompson. Those three combined for 91 rushing yards and three touchdowns last week against Akron.
Saturday's game is expected to feature one of the largest crowds the Knights have ever played in front of. The most fans ever to see a UCF football game was 103,029 at Penn State in 2002. Ohio Stadium holds more than 102,000 fans.
Saturday's forecast includes
a 60-percent chance of showers,
along with a possible thunderstorm in the morning, then partly cloudy
conditions later in the day. The forecast high is 72 degrees.
Want to go in-depth to learn about UCF and Ohio State and their matchup tomorrow? Click on the links below for the media notes, distributed by the communications staff of both squads:
Radio/TV/Video Kickoff is set for 12:01 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and the UCF-IMG College Radio Network. At the top of this blog is a quick preview of Saturday's game with "The Voice of the Knights" Marc Daniels and UCF color analyst Mike Gruttadauria.