1. Godfrey gets all the attention, but is he really the key to the offense? Who else should BC fans focus on?
Knights Notepad: Jeff Godfrey is the key to the UCF offense, but the offensive line and the Knights’ three primary running backs are the other major players to watch on offense. The line has improved dramatically since UCF last played Boston College in 2008. Running backs Ronnie Weaver, Latavius Murray and Brynn Harvey are all strong rushing threats.
2. I see this as a similar matchup to UCF's Liberty Bowl against Georgia. In that game UCF took on a young promising QB in a prostyle offense and decided to bring tons of pressure. Do you see the same sort of strategy in this game? Do you think they will blitz BC often?
Knights Notepad: UCF’s defense has never been passive. The goal is always to put pressure on the quarterback and disrupt all action the backfield, including handoffs to the running back. UCF should be rolling in waves of defensive linemen to take advantage of their unique strengths and keep fresh legs on the field.
3. Most BC fans assume this will be a big game for UCF, given that it is a BCS team coming to play them. Yet O'Leary downplayed it. Is this a big, circle the calendar game for the Knights?
Knights Notepad: I think it’s hard for UCF coaches and players to describe what this game means to them one. On one hand, they understand any time you play a team from an automatic qualifying BCS conference, it’s a chance to make a statement. They want wins, they want nonconference wins that will be recognized nationally and they want to earn more respect. On the other hand, they believe they have proven they can win consistently and should not be viewed as some sort of underdog going into Boston College. UCF is favored by Las Vegas oddsmakers to win by about seven points. UCF players and coaches are confident they can win if they perform well.
4. What is your prediction for the game?
Knights Notepad: I think it’s going to be a close game, but I do favor UCF to win. I suspect it will come down to which team can hold the point in the trenches and avoids turnovers.
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