Preview: Michigan vs. UCF

TMI's Josh Newkirk and Josh Henschke preview Michigan's upcoming opponent, UCF.

Another week, another game the Wolverines are heavy favorites for.

The Wolverines welcome UCF to the Big House on Saturday and hope for another easy game like it had the previous week against Hawaii. The Knights are entering Saturday with a 1-0 record after beating South Carolina State 38-0 last week. First year head coach Scott Frost is implementing a fast-paced offense that hopes to catch the Wolverines' defense off guard.

Last Meeting: This will be the first meeting between the two programs.

What a win means for Michigan: A win for the Wolverines means more of the same. Two down, 10 to go. If U-M has championship aspirations, these are the games it must take care of with minimal sweating. Much like Hawaii, U-M are the heavy favorites and should be able to take care of business on Saturday.

What a win means for UCF: An early win against a program like Michigan is huge for the Scott Frost era at UCF. Coming off 13-straight losses, the Knights would ruin the season for the Wolverines and would be bouncing back in a big, big way.

What to watch for: On offense, a guy like sophomore WR Tre'Quan Smith is one to watch. On an 0-12 team a year ago, Smith finished the year with 724 yards and four touchdowns. Standing at 6-foot-1, he is the Knights' number one receiver and seeing senior cornerback Jourdan Lewis match up with him could be a fun experience to watch, especially considering this will be the first snaps of Lewis' season as he missed last week because of precautionary reasons.

On defense, DB Shaquill Griffin is considered one of the defensive leaders. More importantly, Griffin said during his media availability that 'he wants to do things that will silence the crowd.' Certainly look out for that one.

What they're saying: UCF head coach Scott Frost:

- On Big House crowd: "This is big boy ball now, we're going to play a real team. To play against a team like this, you have to execute and you have to execute at a fast pace. You can't not block to a whistle and expect to get a block, you can't run a route without detail and expect to get open, you can't be on the edge of somebody and get them tackled."

- On his team: "I don't think our guys are going to be intimidated or scared, we're going to go in there fighting. We have a challenge in front of us."

- On playing Michigan: "If you'd ask me whether I'd like to play Michigan or some other team in Michigan that might not be ranked in the top 10 in the country, I might not give you an honest answer on that. But listen, this game is on the schedule. I don't want our kids to be afraid to play anybody. I think our guys are excited to go up there and look that challenge in the face and take swings at them."

Senior DB Shaquill Griffin:

- On silencing the crowd: "I want to do things that's gonna silence their crowd, that's why I like playing away games. Coming into a big game like this on national TV, a huge crowd, nothing bad there. That's stuff that you want to ask for to play on Saturdays. That's stuff that you live for."

U-M kicks off against UCF at noon on ESPN.

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