Last year SMU was one of four teams to get within seven points of undefeated Central Florida, losing 31-24 at Ford Stadium. This season the Mustangs travel to Orlando to take on the Knights, winners of seventeen straight. Here’s what we’re watching for…
The continued education of Will Brown
SMU’s freshman quarterback is making waves as the Pony starter. He’s playing at a very high level in high leverage situations, at Michigan for example. UCF will pose a similar challenge. The Knight defense allows opposing quarterbacks to complete 55% of their passes and a fifth best 95.3 QB rating. They’re also among the FBS leaders in turnover margin.
Feed James Proche
The junior receiver from DeSoto averages six catches a game with five touchdowns. As he goes, so goes the SMU offense, at times willing himself to get open and make plays. Proche stepped up at Ann Arbor, putting in one of the best receiving games in college football this season, then followed that up with a great game against Navy at home. UCF will pay him a lot of attention, but Proche will be up for it.
Meet McKenzie Milton
The junior quarterback is undersized but over-productive. The 5-11 Hawaii native ranks among the leaders in the FBS in passing efficiency, touchdowns, yards per game, points responsible for, and yards per completion. As he goes, so go the Knight’s offense, and it’s going full bore through four games. UCF averages 48 points per game, seventh in the FBS.
He’ll test an SMU defense giving up nearly 40 points a game.