Thursday, September 01, 2005UCF-South Carolina
UCF at South Carolina, Tonight, 7 p.m.
The Game: Well obviously it's Steve Spurrier's return to college football, a game he should have never left unless he could get $10 million from the pros....hmmm nevermind. UCF has a 15-game losing streak and comes into this game with one of the lowest ranked offenses in the nation.
The Players: Blake Mitchell is the Gamecocks' new quarterback. He's a sophomore and he still needs quite a bit of seasoning in Spurrier's offense. Steven Moffett returns at QB for the Knights, but remember he had an offense ranked 113th in the nation last season. The Knights will try to run behind Dontavious Wilcox.
The Numbers: UCF is 1-9 against the SEC and 0-2 against South Carolina. Spurrier has won 87% of his games in the SEC and has never lost an opener.
The Line: Opened at -18.5 for South Carolina and has jumped to -21.
The Forecast: I think UCF will play tough for a half and stay within the points. South Carolina isn't ready for primetime yet and I have to believe that the Knights will make some progress in season two under George O'Leary.
The Score: South Carolina 31, UCF 17