5 Reasons Why UCF Football Should Be Taken Seriously

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5 Reasons Why UCF Knights Are Legit

5 Reasons Why UCF Knights Are Legit
Rob Foldy-USA Today Sports

The UCF Knights are currently ranked No. 18 in the entire country, but it still feels like the sports world isn’t taking them seriously for some reason. Well, I have a message for the folks that still don’t believe this Knights team is for real: You’re wrong.

Even though I disagree with these people completely, I do understand why they feel this way. There are several reasons I can think of to not take them seriously. They may not be great reasons, but they are reasons nonetheless.

The first reason is their terrible conference that they play in. The new American Athletic Conference is, to be honest, a pathetic football conference. Before the season started, the AAC had one thing going in their favor: Teddy Bridgewater and his Louisville Cardinals. Even for the Cardinals, people were barely taking them seriously.

Another reason for people to not take the Knights seriously: They aren’t a big-name school, obviously. They don’t get as much recognition on a national scale because they play in the AAC and because they don’t have the fan base that attracts national television broadcasts.

Despite how talented and good this Knights team is, I don’t see a way to legitimately prove to the casual college football fans how good they really are. The only way I can think of is for the Knights to win a BCS bowl game. While I have a few reasons that people don’t take them seriously, I have five reasons why the Knights should be looked upon as a legitimate top-20 team.

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Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles
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Blake Bortles is one of the best quarterbacks that no one has heard of. On the season, Bortles is 177-of-260 for 2,484 yards and 19 touchdowns.

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Storm Johnson

Storm Johnson
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Storm Johnson is a hard runner that is also able to catch passes. On the season, Johnson has nine touchdowns and 841 yards on 156 carries. He is averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

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Defense

Defense
Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

Head coach George O'Leary has his defense playing extremely well this season. In 2013, his defense ranks 21st in all of the country, allowing just 20.6 points per game.

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Win at Penn State

Win at Penn State
Matthew OHaren-USA Today Sports

I realize that Penn State isn't as good as they usually are, but winning in State College is never an easy task. The Nittany Lions have one loss at Beaver Stadium this season -- to the UCF Knights. It was also a night game and a "Whiteout."

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Win at Louisville

Win at Louisville
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The Louisville Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater have one loss this season -- to the UCF Knights. The Knights went to Louisville and sneaked away with a 38-35 victory.

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