No. 15 UCF hosts rival USF in 'War on I-4' matchup

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Besides the 160-pound War on I-4 Trophy, the American's East Division title and a spot in the conference championship game on December 2 is on the line. "It's another chance to showcase who we are and what we've become". We have to play at our best.

The Bulls have plenty of offensive weapons to support Flowers with senior running backs Darius Tice (860 yards, 10 TDs rushing) and D'Ernest Johnson (715, seven) along with senior receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (48 catches, 737 yards). He's really risky when things break down. "He can make nine guys miss and go 60 (yards)".

Frost and Strong agreed that the game's biggest factor probably can't be quantified. It's a rivalry game that has never held as much meaning as it does this time around with both programs reaching new heights and being nationally ranked in AP and Coaches Polls.

UCF has been dominating all season with they're stifling defense and having the best offense in the Nation statically.

No. 15 UCF hosts rival USF in 'War on I-4' matchup
No. 15 UCF hosts rival USF in 'War on I-4' matchup

In that first season in the American, UCF won the conference and the Fiesta Bowl in what stands as the best season either school has put together. "We've been looking to this game all year". We're always going to handle it the right way here. It's in our hands.

"This is exactly what we wanted, the conference championship is on the line", Knights tight end Michael Colubiale said. Charlie Strong, who took over for Willie Taggart, has prided his team on defense.

"I think we've had a home-field advantage when it hasn't been sold out", Frost said.

HIGH EMOTIONS: The USF-UCF rivalry game is part of the "War On I-4" department-wide sports series between the schools, which are separated by 90 miles of Florida's Interstate 4. The victor gets the War on I-4 Trophy, with a detachable replica of the highway sign. Case in point: One-time Maryland commit Cordarrian Richardson, a four-star prospect rated the No. 9 running back in the nation, flipped to UCF and, in the process, gave the Knights the top recruiting class in the AAC last February. By maintaining his career average, Flowers will finish in the all-time top 10. They will move on to face Memphis in the American Championship game on December 2, a game that they will host by the way and if they play well and win that game, then the Knights are guaranteed a birth in a New Year's Six Bowl game.



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