UCF at Marshall: Game Preview II

Our final preview of the matchup pitting UCF against Marshall. Includes the most important things for UCF and what to watch.

UCF Knights @ Marshall Thundering Herd
Saturday, November 15th, 2008 4:30pm EST
Joan C Edwards Stadium - Huntington, WV

Records: UCF 2-7, Marshall 4-5

Series History: Tied 3-3, last meeting: UCF won 47-13

Five most important things for UCF:

1. Run the ball. Find away to keep the number of throws by Greco, Calabrese, Weatherford, Burnett, Slowik, or whoever is back at quarterback to a minimum, and keep the defense off the field for a little longer than last week.

2. Catch the football. This isn't a complex part of the game, but an important one none the less. The ball continues to beat the heck out of UCF's receivers, they have got to help out whoever is at quarterback, and not hurt them by dropping balls that hit him in the chest. Catching passes betters field position and extends drives to give the overused Knights defense more time to rest.

3. Throw the football accurately. This applies when throwing to every receiver but Kamar Aiken. To Aiken throw it at his feet or a couple feet above his head, he has a knack for making the spectacular catches, but seems to drop balls that hit him in the numbers.

4. Force turnovers, lots of turnovers. We know teams won't kick to Joe Burnett, so that takes away UCF's biggest scoring threat. The Knights defense will have to help create something for the offense, to help fill the void from Joe being taken out of the special teams game.

5. Show up for the second half. The Knights second halves, or lack there of, seem to be getting worse on a week to week basis, at least offensively speaking. In fact last time the offense scored in the 2nd half was the SMU game. Ouch!

What to look for:

1. Look for the Knights to find a way to lose. This is what they are best at, on the road, verses a good Marshall team, on Homecoming, they should have no problem accomplishing this one this week.

2. Look for 'Smokin' Joe to heat up the offense. It has been discussed by many for a long time, and something Joe smiled about when IK talked to him, and maybe this will be the week we see it.

3. Look for the Knights offense to score in second half. Not that I have much, if any, faith in the nation's 119th ranked offense (out of 119), but it is hard not to score against C-USA defenses, and I have to believe they score at least once in the second half this week.

4. Look for Joe Burnett to have a big week. Freshman DeAndre Brown made him look bad last week. Whether it be on special teams, defense, or on offense, look for 'Smokin' Joe to find a way to make a difference this Saturday.

5. Look for Brynn to have a nice game. Harvey is a fast guy that has great cutting ability. The field turf in Huntington should play right into his game, and if he gets some opportunities, he could have a big day.

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