The No. 23 Knights are coming off of perhaps the biggest win in program history. They traveled to a sold-out Papa John’s Cardinals Stadium and came back from a 21-point deficit to down the then-No. 8 Cardinals on a last-minute touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Jeff Godfrey.
The victory put UCF on a path to play in a Bowl Championship Series game. First, however, the Knights will likely need to win their final six games.
“We’ve got into the position where we can control our own destiny, which is huge,” junior quarterback Blake Bortles said. “We’re tied at the top of the conference right now. Just to be able to stay focused week-in and week-out is the biggest thing. Can’t have any letdowns and just got to make sure we’re doing what we’re supposed to do.”
That begins with the Huskies (0-6, 0-2), who have endured a coaching change and are coming off a 41-16 loss to Cincinnati. UCF must avoid any emotional drop-off after the upset victory, however.
The Knights cannot afford to fall into another trap after narrowly escaping Memphis with a win, coach George O’Leary said.
“Becoming top-ranked, a lot of people are coming after us,” junior offensive lineman Torrian Wilson said. “UConn being the next opponent, I know they’re going to come out fighting, playing hard. They don’t have anything to lose being 0-6 right now. So they’re going to give us their best shot and we just have to come together as a team and play hard.”