It may be a bit early in the week for this, but I was looking ahead to this Saturday, and I realized how very little I know about Central Florida's football program, other than the fact that George O'Leary is their coach [you may remember him as the guy who was supposed to coach Notre Dame but lied on his resume and ended up at UCF instead]. I also seem to remember some big upset they were involved in a few years ago.
It turns out that upset was over Alabama in 2000, a bit longer ago than I thought. But I remember that when O'Leary took over (2004), people were writing that this was a program on the rise. In fact, he lead them to an 8-5 record in 2005 and an appearance in the Conference USA championship game. Last year, however, they took a step backward, going 4-8 with no notable wins.
Basically, I'm just fishing for some insight from those of you who know more about the program. I imagine PB will give us a pretty thorough preview this week, but I'm curious because this is an interesting Florida school (enrollment of 39,000) that I somehow know very little about.
Also, it may interest all of us that Central Florida began this season with an upset of NC St on the road, but before we put a lot of stock in that, a quick glance at the stat sheet indicates that NC St. was suffering the growing pains of a new coach. The Wolfpack had double the penalty yardage and 2 more turnovers than UCF in a game they otherwise dominated.
Still, this is a team that is 1-0 against BCS opponents this year, and we're getting them on a day that they're breaking in a new stadium.
We cannot overlook this game.