College Football First Look: Navy vs. UCF

Navy-UCF

Navy meets UCF on Saturday in Orlando. Here is a first look at the Navy-UCF matchup.

Navy Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 at Hawaii L 59-41
Sept. 8 Memphis W 22-21
Sept. 15 Lehigh W 51-21
Sept. 22 at SMU L 31-30 (OT)
Oct. 6 at Air Force L 35-7
Oct. 13 Temple L 24-17
Oct. 20 Houston L 49-36
Oct. 27 Notre Dame [San Diego] L 44-22
Nov. 3 Cincinnati L 42-0

UCF Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Aug. 30 at UConn W 56-17
Sept. 8 South Carolina State W 38-0
Sept. 15 at North Carolina Cancelled
Sept. 21 Florida Atlantic W 56-36
Sept. 29 Pitt W 45-14
Oct. 6 SMU W 48-20
Oct. 13 at Memphis W 31-30
Oct. 20 at East Carolina W 37-10
Nov. 1 Temple L 52-40

Stat Comparison

Navy Stat UCF
25.1 Points Scored 45.4
36.2 Points Allowed 20.9
358.8 Total YDS 548.8
71.9 Pass YDS 280.5
286.9 Rush YDS 268.3
441.4 Total YDS Allowed 429.8
255.0 Pass YDS Allowed 241.5
186.4 Rush YDS Allowed 188.3
.359 3rd down conv % .486
+0.67 Turnover margin +1.75
109 & Massey Composite 10

& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

Navy Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
11/04/18 K J.R. Osborn Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Central Florida
11/04/18 T Kendel Wright Lower Body is "?" Saturday vs Central Florida
11/04/18 LB Tyler Pistorio Concussion is "?" Saturday vs Central Florida
10/01/18 LB Travis Kerchner Knee is out for season

UCF Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
09/19/18 LB Demetreius Mayes Suspension is out indefinitely

Source: DonBest.com

Challenges for Navy

After a lopsided loss at Cincinnati, the Midshipmen jump out of the pot and into the frying pan with a visit to No. 11 UCF. UCF is a team that does allow points but the Knights churn out over 40 points a game. Navy’s best hope is an effective option attack to keep the ball away from the UCF offense. Defensively, stopping the UCF offense will be a challenge but beating UCF isn’t an impossible task. Navy beat Memphis earlier in the season and the Tigers fell by just one point to UCF. UCF is giving up 188 rushing yards a game. There’s no reason Navy can’t be successful at running the ball on the Knights.

Saturday’s game kicks off at Noon ET and can be seen on ESPN.

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