Sep 7, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions fans look on prior to the game between the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. UCF Knights Game Preview

Penn State will face their stiffest test of the year as George O’Leary brings his 2-0 UCF Knights to Happy Valley for a prime time tilt.  UCF comes in having outscored their first two opponents (Akron, Florida International) 78-6.  The talented, experienced offense is lead by junior QB Blake Bortles,  RB Storm Johnson, and a host of talented receivers.

Bortles and his deep receiving corps may be one of the more potent offenses Penn State will face all season.  While the young PSU secondary has looked solid early on, this will be a fantastic barometer for where they stand with just 1 more game left after Saturday (Kent State) before heading into Big 10 play next month.

On the offensive side, UCF replaces several key players from a year ago, while while their 6 points allowed through 2 games is more than impressive, PSU will be their first true measuring stick game as well.  After a explosive performance from Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch against Eastern Michigan, it will be interesting to see just where those 2, plus Zach Zwinak stand against a more talented defensive front.

PSU students have declared Saturday night a white out for the 20,000+ seat student section, and it should be an electric atmosphere under the lights this weekend.

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  • Willie Green

    UCF beat-up on some mighty weak teams, so that doesn’t make them fearsome. I’d place them somewhere on a par with Syracuse, or Rutgers, or Temple, or Maryland, or somebody like that..
    Nevertheless, I would also expect that we’ve corrected some of the deficiencies we exhibited against Syracuse.
    It won’t be a rout, but with fewer mistakes, I’m predicting a solid 14~17 point win.
    Maybe 31-14 or 31-17….

  • PSUMatt2005

    UCF is at least a level above Rutgers or Syracuse. They won 10 games a year ago, and returns practically every key component of that team on offense. There’s a reason it’s only a 5.5 point spread.

    We’ll know a lot about both teams after Saturday night.