Well, my bio does say that I have delusional views on college sports *shrug emoji*.
Hear me out, I’m not as crazy as the headline sounds.
When our weekly power rankings came out, I put UCF at #1 ahead of Charlie Strong and his Bulls. UCF has shown me so much more than USF has thus far.
In two games this season, the Knights have put up 99 points and only given up 27. QB McKenzie Milton has been practically flawless with a passer rating of 183.7. Milton threw for ten touchdowns last season, through two games this season he already has five.
McKenzie Money Milton:
636 all-purpose yards
0 Sacks Allowed pic.twitter.com/nIdSgOtnEY
— Tyler Graddy (@TylerGraddyKN) September 24, 2017
He is the leader of the UCF offense but he isn’t the only weapon they have; five different running backs have at least one rushing touchdown, with Taj McGowan leading the team with three.
The Knights have averaged 199 rushing yards per game yet they don’t have a single player with more than 98 (McKenzie Milton), which shows that they have multiple backs that can kill you in the running game.
All this and I haven’t brought up the receivers yet. It’s easy for Milton to complete passes when he has guys like WR Tre’Quan Smith, TE Jordan Akins, and WR Dredrick Snelson to throw the ball to. Those three I named all have over 100 yards and Akins and Smith each have two touchdowns.
Does USF’s offense put up impressive stats too? Yes, I’m not ignorant to what they are doing in Tampa, but they have beaten some subpar opponents.
I’ll give them Illinois and Temple even though they should have blown them out. They had a tough time with San Jose State and Stony Brook, they needed big second halves to put them away.
Flowers is good, but still overrated in my opinion. He, at least to me, is a wannabe Lamar Jackson. He is quick, an ok passer, but that’s about it. UCF averages 45 points a game and USF averages 40.75 – I’d take UCF’s offense over USF’s nine times out of ten.
UCF’s defense isn’t to be messed with either, they have a defensive efficiency of 97.5 and give up an average of 13.5 points a game.
These guys have been a nightmare, or should I say Knightmare, for opposing offenses holding them to an average of 266 yards a game and forcing a total of six turnovers in the first two games.
While everyone is drooling over Charlie Strong and USF in Tampa, just up I-4 in Orlando the UCF Knights have quietly and quickly become the best team in the AAC and the second best G5 team only behind San Diego State.
The Knights will look to prove themselves even more with a prime-time game against Memphis in Orlando on Saturday night at 7:00 on ESPN 2.