2014 Record: 9-4
2015 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 7.0*
I expected a much bigger hangover for the Golden Knights last year after their dream 2013 run (12-1 with an upset BCS Bowl win). However, UCF overcame the loss of Blake Bortles and shook off a brutal last-second loss in Ireland in the opener against Penn State to tally nine wins and post another solid year.
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Central Florida heads into 2015 with a solid starting quarterback, as opposed to last year's uncertainty. And William Stanback is a clear bell cow running back behind a solid offensive line. But UCF lost its top four receivers and was just No. 103 in rushing last year. So there aren't a lot of answers on this side of the ball.
Heading into last season the Knights returned 10 starters from a Top 20 defense. This year that number dwindles to four starters back from last year's Top 5 group. They have a new coordinator, they lost their top five tacklers from last year, and they don't have a single returning starter in the secondary. This group is clearly a work in progress.
This season win total number seems awfully low for a program that's won 31 games the last three years and topped nine wins four times in the past five seasons. However, this is very clearly a rebuilding season for the Knights. Last year they were able to survive Bortles' departure on the strength of an extremely talented and experienced defense.
The AAC is going through a complete renovation, and UCF has one of the strongest programs of the bunch. They won't completely collapse, but I am expecting them to be significantly worse. That said, I have a hard time predicting doormats like Connecticut, Tulane and Tulsa upsetting this team. I think there are enough winnable games here for the Knights to get to seven wins. I'll call for a 'push'.
2015 Central Florida Golden Knights Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Location
Thu, Sep 3rd, 2015 FIU 06:00 PM Bright House Networks Stadium
Sat, Sep 12th, 2015 at Stanford TBA Stanford Stadium
Sat, Sep 19th, 2015 Furman 06:00 PM Bright House Networks Stadium
Sat, Sep 26th, 2015 at So Carolina TBA Williams-Brice Stadium
Sat, Oct 3rd, 2015 at Tulane TBA Yulman Stadium
Sat, Oct 10th, 2015 Connecticut TBA Bright House Networks Stadium
Sat, Oct 17th, 2015 at Temple TBA Lincoln Financial Field
Sat, Oct 24th, 2015 Houston TBA Bright House Networks Stadium
Sat, Oct 31st, 2015 at Cincinnati TBA Nippert Stadium
Sat, Nov 7th, 2015 at Tulsa TBA Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman S
Thu, Nov 19th, 2015 East Carolina 07:30 PM Bright House Networks Stadium
Fri, Nov 27th, 2015 So Florida TBA Bright House Networks Stadium
All Times EST
*Season Win Total Odds from 5Dimes Sportsbook.
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