On the Docket: St. Petersburg Bowl: UCF (8-4) vs. Rutgers (8-4)

Synopsis: It’s the battle of the uniquely colored Knights in this match-up. The Golden Knights of Central Florida will most be remembered in 2009 by its 37-32 upset of Houston in mid-November. They are led on offense by quarterback Brett Hodges, who transferred from Wake Forest last spring. Hodges has thrown for 2263 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

Rutgers struggled out of the gate this season with a 47-15 loss to Cincinnati, before ripping off five straight wins. True freshman Tom Savage has started all but one game for the Scarlet Knights at quarterback. He has had a successful season for his first year on campus, completing 54.5 percent of his passes while throwing 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Player to watch: Tim Brown finally lived up to his potential in his senior season, topping the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. Central Florida has been able to slow down some of the better passing attacks it has faced this season, and keeping Brown at bay will be the key to the Golden Knights’ hopes in this game.

Who has the edge? Central Florida is capable of scoring plenty of points, and that trend should not change now. Rutgers has not been as effective away from home this year, and it can’t hurt the Golden Knights’ chances to have a fifth-year senior under center, rather than a true freshmen for Rutgers.

Prediction: Central Florida 30, Rutgers 28


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