Central Florida-Temple Preview Capsule

No. 15 Central Florida (7-1, 4-0 AAC) at Temple (1-8, 0-5),
noon. (ESPN3)

Line: UCF by 16.

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STATE: The Knights are the last unbeaten team in the
American Athletic Conference and hold their highest ranking in
program history. They hit the top 15 in the AP poll for the first
time since the program’s inception in 1979 and need to keep winning
to have a chance at a big bowl game.

KEY MATCHUP: Temple’s defense will find it tough to shut down
UCF QB Bortles. Bortles has 2,080 yards passing and 15 touchdowns.
He’s been the key reason the Knights are unbeaten in conference
play. Breshad Perriman, with 27 catches for 567 yards, has become
Bortles’ favorite target.


UCF: RB Storm Johnson has been fantastic for the Knights this
season. He has 719 yards rushing with nine touchdowns and has
emerged as perhaps the best running back in the AAC.

Temple: QB P.J. Walker has made the most of his opportunity to
run the offense since he took over earlier this season. He has
1,094 yards passing and 11 touchdowns in just four starts and has
proved he can be the centerpiece off the Owls as they try and
improve under first-year coach Matt Rhule.

FACTS & FIGURES: One of the youngest teams in the nation,
Temple has played 13 true freshmen this season. Only eight schools
have played more. … The Owls are looking for their first AAC win.
… In the national rankings, UCF is ranked No. 7 in red zone
defense (0.667), No. 8 in fumbles recovered (11), and No. 8 in
turnover margin (1.0).