No. 20 Central Florida seeks 1st 6-0 start at Navy
No. 20 Central Florida (5-0, 3-0 American) at Navy (5-1, 3-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network).
Line: UCF by 7 ½.
Series record: First meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
After reaching the Top 25 last week for first time since 2013, Central Florida seeks to go 6-0 for first time in school history and remain atop American Athletic Conference East. Navy is coming off its first defeat, a 30-27 disappointment at Memphis, but still holds a share of first place in the AAC West and hopes to keep it that way.
Central Florida’s prolific offense against Navy’s porous defense. The Midshipmen have no trouble scoring, but their inefficient defense will be severely tested by UCF QB McKenzie Milton, whose 337.4 yards per game of total offense ranks 11th in the nation. That’s one big reason why the Knights lead the nation with a scoring average of 50.6 points per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
UCF: WR Tre’Quan Smith. The junior standout leads the Knights with 20 receptions for 430 yards and ranks third in the nation with seven TD catches. Last week, in a 63-21 rout of East Carolina, he topped 2,000 yards receiving for his career.
Navy: QB Zach Abey. The multi-faceted junior efficiently runs Navy’s triple option with his arm and legs. Abey has 1,016 yards and 12 TDs on the ground and has thrown for 491 yards and five scores, including game-winner in a 48-45 win over Air Force on Oct. 7.
FACTS & FIGURES
UCF needs one win to match its total of last year. ... Navy is 17-4 in the AAC since joining in 2015. ... Knights lead the nation in point differential, winning by an average of 33.8 points. ... Navy has won 17 straight regular-season games at home and is 42-10 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under coach Ken Niumatalolo. ... Milton has 15 TD passes and only 2 INTs. ... Midshipmen have rushing TD in 68 straight games.
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