While N.C. State is not a BCS power, we will learn a lot about UCF saturday night when they take on the Wolfpack. Tom O’Brien’s team finished 5-7 last year, and are a bit of a wild card in the ACC this year. They are expected to put more W’s in the win-loss column, lead by QB Russell Wilson who put up big numbers in ’09 (3,000 yards, 31 TD). Being that N.C. State is a middle-of-the-pack team in a BCS conference, it will be a good barometer of UCF’s talent and potential this season.
In 2007, UCF notched their second win over a BCS conference team beating this very same Wolfpack, 25-23. The Knights hope for similar success, this time on their home field. Containing Wilson, who is an athletic quarterback, will be a tough task for UCF’s young defensive line. Defensive back Josh Robinson and company could have their hands full.
On the other side of the ball Rob Calabrese hopes to continue to show that he is an improved quarterback. Although N.C. State’s secondary is considered suspect, it will be an upgrade over last weeks opponent, South Dakota. Calabrese had one of his best performances for the Knights, with a perfect completion percentage at halftime.
It is my opinion that this game will be decided by the turnover battle and the QB play of Calabrese. I will not be surprised if Wilson has success against the Knights D, but turnovers will be pivotal. If Rob looks like he did last week and the defense wins the turnover battle, it should be a good time in Knight nation.
Score: UCF 30 N.C. State 23
Stat: Davis has 100 yard rushing game
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Written by Marc Cerniglia