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.
- Kickoff – 6:00
- TV – BTN
- Coaches: Bill O’Brien (2nd year, 10-4) vs. George O’Leary (10th year, 62-55)
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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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