The 6-0 Houston Cougars travel to Orlando tomorrow to face-off against the 0-7 UCF Knights. UCF is only two years removed from a Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor but has completely collapsed this year due to injuries and poor coaching.
During last year’s match-up in Houston the Cougars’ insipid offense got quarterback John O’Korn benched for Greg Ward, Jr. who moved back under center from wide receiver. In another example of Levine’s ineptitude, Ward was still returning punts the rest of the game while playing quarterback.
Ward nearly led the Coogs to an epic upset of the Knights, diving to the endzone for the game winning touchdown, but a UCF defender knocked the ball out of his hands and the Knights got the ball back. It was a crushing defeat and metaphor for how close the Levine regime was to actually doing bigger things. Football is a game of inches, as the saying goes, and a loss is a loss no matter how close.
Greg Ward, Jr. and the nationally ranked Cougars look to get revenge for last season’s close call and look to end the Knights’ four game winning streak in the series. The Cougars have only beaten the Knights once, which was way back in 2006, which was also the last time the Cougars won a conference title.
Even though the Knights are 0-7, look for the Coogs to go all out for four quarters and to not rest until the final seconds on the game clock winds down.
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