UCF Knights Football 2009 Outlook

The 2009 Football Schedule was released and the staff writers at InsideKnights.com continue their breakdown for the 2009 season.

There is no secret that the Knights have a lot to work on this year, but with little time to do it, and a heavy reliance on youth, the Knights may be in for another long year.

Sat. Sept. 5 SAMFORD - WIN

I would have legitimate concern if this game was on the road, but being at home this is the one game that I don't see a way UCF can win, but don't expect a blowout victory. 1-0

Sat. Sept. 12 at Southern Miss - LOSS

Even if Damion Fletcher and DeAndre Brown are out, Southern Miss still has tons of talent at the skill positions. Their weakness is on the defensive side of the ball and it's weakness on weakness. Southern Miss prevailed last year only allowing 208 yards to the Knights. There is no reason to suspect the Knights won't have a similar fate on the road this year, Knights drop there first road game. 1-1

Sat. Sept. 19 BUFFALO - LOSS

Drew Willy might be leaving a vacancy at quarterback, but talented running back James Starks returns and Turner Gill will have his defense ready to shut down the lackluster Knights offense. Buffalo rolls with relative ease. 1-2

Sat. Sept. 26 at East Carolina - LOSS

Greenville is a tough place to play, and ECU returns C.J. Wilson and Van Eskridge, both 1st team all-conference selections. That defense will stymie UCF, as they return enough weapons to outlast the Knights. 1-3

Sat. Oct. 3 MEMPHIS - WIN

One of the team's four wins last year came at Memphis, and this time around they play them at home, but nothing will be convincing this year. They do have more all around talent and that is the sole reason behind the pick, but I would not be shocked in the least bit if the Knights drop this game, as the secondary is in shambles, and the offense has not and will not improve nearly enough. 2-3

Sat. Oct. 17 MIAMI - LOSS

Miami returns almost everyone, and has far too much speed and talent, it will be a crazy atmosphere and the fans will help, but even a hyped up UCF team will fall short against this Miami team. 2-4

Sat. Oct. 24 at Rice - LOSS

They return eight starters on offense and are a program on the rise. They will get up for this game, and have enough talent to beat the Knights at home. Quarterback Tim Hiller has more than enough talent to pick apart the inexperienced Knights secondary. 2-5

Sun. Nov. 1 MARSHALL - WIN

The loss of Darius Passmore and Chubb Small for Marshall, as well as the home atmosphere for the Knights should be enough to ensure victory. 3-5

Sat. Nov. 7 at Texas - LOSS

Colt McCoy's senior season, I doubt the Knights can keep this within 30. It will get ugly as the Horns score early and often. 3-6

Sat. Nov. 14 HOUSTON - LOSS

They return a lot of the weapons, and quarterback Case Keenum, who led this high-powered Cougar offense last year. This is a team that specializes in airing it out. This is not a good match-up at all for the Knights and the Cougars will roll with ease. 3-7

Sat. Nov. 21 TULANE - WIN

Tulane is a program on the rise but they just aren't quite there yet. Brynn Harvey should be able to do just enough to get the Knights their fourth victory of the year. 4-7

Sat. Nov. 28 at UAB - LOSS

UCF has struggled against them two years in a row, falling last year 15-0. Quarterback Joe Webb returns as does most of the young squad and the Knights will have next to no motivation at this point just like last season. 4-8

The Knights ultimately finish with the same 4-8 fate as a year ago. They have talent in spots, but not much cohesion. The front seven will be great but the back four is weak enough to allow the defense to give up points in bunches. The offense will be improved but with the secondary not getting as many turnovers, the offense will not improve much, because they will be unable to go 80 yards routinely. It looks like another long season for Knight fans.

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