6 things to know about UCF's homecoming game against Navy

News 6 sports anchor Ryan Welch tells you what to look for

By Ryan Welch - Sports Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Central Florida Knights will take on Navy at Spectrum Stadium on Friday for the school's homecoming game.

The game kicks off at noon.

1. Saturday's matchup is just the second-ever between UCF and Navy.  The Knights beat the Midshipmen 31-21 last year in Annapolis, Maryland.  

2. A win Saturday would be the Knights' 22nd in a row and would extend the nation's longest such streak.  

3. After missing the previous game due to injury, UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton returned to action in last week's 52-40 win over Temple. The junior signal-caller completed 17 of 33 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns in the Nov. 1 victory. 

4. Navy comes into Saturday's game struggling. The Midshipmen are just 2-7 on the season and have lost six games in a row. Their success is grounded in the triple-option offense and a significant edge in time of possession. Heavy underdogs coming into this matchup, the Midshipmen will likely try to shorten the game by draining the clock with long, run-dominant drives.  

5. A win Saturday would keep UCF in the driver's seat in the East division of the American Athletic Conference. The Knights are currently 5-0 in league play, a game ahead of both Cincinnati and Temple. The Knights will host the Bearcats next week for what could be a berth in the AAC championship game. 

6. Barring numerous major upsets this weekend, don't expect any surge in the national rankings for UCF. Navy is not as strong as in years past, and the playoff committee dropped the Knights in the rankings despite their 21st straight win last week. 
 

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