For the first time ever, UCF will face Ohio State in one of the largest stadiums in the nation - the 102,000-seat Ohio Stadium. It's an atmosphere that can be intimidating for opposing players, but the Knights are preparing for matchup with the Buckeyes no differently than any other game.
"We've played in big games before," senior offensive lineman Theo Goins said. "We're not going to let that stress us with the crowd and everything. It's football. We're used to that environment."
A UCF victory over the No. 14 Buckeyes would mark the program's first victory over a ranked, non-conference opponent. The last time the Knights defeated a Top 25 team was in 2009 when they beat the No. 15 Houston Cougars at Bright House Networks Stadium.
"You live for games in big stadiums," senior defensive end Troy Davis said. "Everyone loves playing at home, but you need to be able to play away, too. It's going to be a good game.
"Just go out there and whatever coach tells you to do just do it," Davis continued. "I remember my first year and my first game. Sometimes being in a big stadium you get big eyes, but as far as talking to the younger guys and helping them, I think they're ready."
Many of the seniors on the team have experienced what it's like to play in front of a huge crowd. Back in 2009, UCF traveled to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to face the then-No. 2 Texas Longhorns.
"You strap on your pads, put on your pants, you go play football," Goins said.
"I feel like they're a good football team and we're a good football team," Davis said. "As far as the underdog aspect, I don't believe in it."