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After suffering a last-second loss on the road to SMU, the Memphis Tigers are looking to bounce back with their first win against UCF in 30 years. Memphis will host the Knights on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Tigers will hope to claw their way back to victory at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Memphis, at 1-1, hopes to get back over .500. UCF comes in with a record of 2-1.
Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses. UCF was defeated at home by Tulsa 34-26 two weeks ago. Heading into Saturday’s game, Memphis Tigers fans may wonder: who are the UCF Knights?
Fortunately here at Fifth Quarter, we have a slew of talented writers that know the team they cover inside and out. To give fans a better understanding of what the Tigers will look like against the Knights, we talked to FQ UCF’s account manager and writer, Drake Wikstrom, on what he sees with this Saturday’s match-up.
1. If Memphis had to watch one player more so than other players for UCF, which player would it be?
FQ UCF: Jaylon Robinson. There’s a chance that UCF’s top two wide receivers do not play, so he will have his time to shine. So far this year in three games played, he has 366 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
2. Other UCF players to watch out for and why?
FQ UCF: Ja’Cyais Credle, freshman wide receiver: big body should cause problems down the field for Memphis secondary; young, but extremely talented.
Josh Celiscar, the freshman defensive end, is having a great year and part of the reason UCF has caused the turnovers it has. He has an interception and a fumble recovery, on top of a sack in three games.
Richie Grant, senior safety: he is the best NFL prospect on the roster.
3. What scares you about this Memphis team?
FQ UCF: Quarterback Brady White and his experience against a young and depleted secondary. Multiple opt-outs and injuries for UCF have left the Knights thin in the defensive backfield.
4. What are your overall expectations for UCF this weekend?
FQ UCF: A huge bounce-back from a letdown game against Tulsa with help from the week off to clean up penalties and errors.
5. Final Score Prediction
Drake: UCF 38, Memphis 14
Shayler (FQ Staff): Memphis 37, UCF 34 in overtime
6. Final UCF Penalty yards (second-most yards per game at 104.7 yards):
Caroline Dodson (Memphis contributor): 45 yards
Shayler: 71 yards
Drake Wikstrom (FQ UCF): 50 yards