Central Florida-Michigan Preview Capsule
The Associated Press
Sep. 08, 2016
Central Florida (1-0) at No. 5 Michigan (1-0) , Noon (ABC)
Line: Michigan by 35½.
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Michigan is set up for a strong start with five straight home games and the Knights are one of the teams it is expected to rout. UCF gets a chance to gauge how far away its program is from competing with a national power.
Central Florida's no-huddle offense vs. Michigan's defense. First-year coach Scott Frost has brought the up-tempo scheme he used as Oregon's offensive coordinator, hoping to help the Knights win and make them more fun to watch. The Wolverines, though, may have too much speed, size and strength to allow UCF's offense to stay on the field much.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
UCF: QB Justin Holman. The senior started nine games for the Knights' winless team last year, and got off to a solid start in their season-opening win. Holman completed half of his 28 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns and ran 12 times for 40 yards and a score.
Michigan: RB Chris Evans. The freshman ran for 112 yards and two TDs on just eight rushing attempts. Evans set a school record for yards rushing in a debut, joining Chris Perry (2000) and Walter Cross (1998) as the only Wolverines to have at least 100 yards on the ground in their first game.
FACTS & FIGURES
Michigan is coming off a 63-3 win over Hawaii, its most lopsided win since 1975. ... The Knights opened with a 38-0 win over South Carolina State, their first win since Dec 4, 2014. ... Wolverines senior LB Mike McCray had nine tackles, including two sacks, in his first start last week and forced a fumble to earn Big Ten defensive player of the week honors. ... Central Florida had 91 plays on offense last week, its most since 2002, and scored more points and had more yards (462) than it did in a game in 2015.
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