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AAC Championship Preview: Memphis vs. UCF

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Saturday afternoon, the No. 20 Memphis Tigers faces the No. 14 UCF Knights at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game will kickoff at noon on ABC.

Memphis comes into this game with a 10-1 record. UCF has a perfect season, as they have an 11-0 record.

The Tigers are 3-1 on the road this season with the loss coming to the Knights in Week 5 at Spectrum Stadium when they lost 40-13. UCF has perfect at home with a 6-0 mark.

Central Florida quarterback Mckenzie Milton (Getty Images)

Central Florida quarterback Mckenzie Milton (Getty Images)

“We’ve evolved,” Knights head coach Scott Frost said. “They’ve evolved. They had a lot of injured on defense early on in the year and they’ve got some young guys, who have improved as the year’s gone along. Schematically, they have some different tendencies on defense. Offensively, they’re playing lights out. They’re an improved team from when we saw them the first time.”

Frost is the first coach in college football history, who has guided his team from a winless season the year before he took over to a perfect season to complete a regular season two years later. This will likely be his final game with the Knights regardless of what happens in the game, before he returns to his alma mater.

He’s expected to replace Mike Riley as the next Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach. He’s a former Cornhuskers wide receiver, who cannot accept the offer from the school until after the game.

According to Covers.com, the Knights have a 56% chance to win the game in the public poll. However, the expert poll is different as they say it’s a 50% split.

The Knights have won every game in this series. The series began in 2005 and UCF has won all 10 meetings.

In those meetings, there have only been two close games. On November 11th, 2006, UCF won the initial meeting 26-24 in Memphis, Tennessee.

They also played to a 28-21 game on November 22nd, 2008, also in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Tigers are on a seven-game win streak since the loss to the Knights. UCF has not lost a game since they lost in the AutoNation Cure Bowl when they lost 31-13 to the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Both teams have high-octane offenses. Memphis is averaging 47 points per game, while UCF is averaging 48.3 points per game.

Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson has gone 249 of 399 for 3,500 passing yards. He has 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Darrell Henderson has 115 carries for 1,045 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Anthony Miller has 78 receptions for 1,212 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

Knights quarterback Mckenzie Milton has gone 211 of 320 for 3,301 passing yards. He has 30 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Adrian Killins Jr. has 99 carries for 711 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Trequan Smith has 48 receptions for 921 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

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