First look at Arkansas State's bowl opponent UCF

First look at UCF

The Red Wolves will face Central Florida of the American Conference in the AutoNation Cure Bowl on December 17.

UCF is rated 75 by Massey and their schedule was rated 76th. AState is rated 87th and the schedule was rated 103rd.

The Knights finished 6-6 (4-4 AAC).  UCF has made a big turn-around after going 0-12 last year. They lost to Houston, Temple, and Maryland by a combined 14 points.

Offensive rankings

AState is 79th in total offense with 391.5 yards per game. UCF is 107th with 361.5 yards per game. AState is 81st in yards per play with 5.48. UCF 121st with 4.84 yards per play. Pass completion percentage AState is 70th 58.25% and UCF 106th 54.52%. AState rushes for 3.66 yards per carry 109th in the nation, UCF 3.67 yards per carry 108th. Third down conversions, UCF is 118th 31.11%, AState is 122nd 29.55%. Red Zone scoring percentage UCF is 14th 90.91% while AState is 102nd 78.57%

Defensive rankings.

Red Wolves are 42nd in total defense 374.5 and UCF is 49th 381.67 yards per game. UCF is 14th in yards given up per play, 4.81 and AState is 29th 5.11 yards per play. UCF is 9th in opponent pass completion percentage 51.97%, AState is 21st with 54.26%. AState is 29th in opponent rushing yards per attempt 3.76 and UCF’s 4.04 yards per attempt is 43rd. Third down defense UCF is 6th allowing opponents to convert 29.41%, AState is 55th, 39.01%. UCF is 3rd in opponent red zone scoring percentage 70.44% AState is 38th, 79.38%.

The game will be telecast by CBS Sports Network.

Tickets are $53 and $28 and available from Arkansas State.