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SMU looking for upset of BCS-bound UCF

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After wrapping up the American’s automatic BCS berth on Thursday night, thanks to Louisville’s victory over Cincinnati, the sense of urgency may nto be there for UCF this afternoon in Dallas. But don’t let that take away from what SMU is doing to UCF just yet. SMU needs to pick up a win this afternoon to become bowl eligible, and after one half they may be on their way to the postseason. SMU leads UCF 10-3 at the half in cold Dallas.

The only touchdown of the half came midway through the second quarter when Neal Burcham completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Holman. The score gave the Mustangs a 10-3 lead. UCF has been very limited in their offensive production against SMU, with quarterback Blake Bortles completing eight of 13 passes for 84 yards and Storm Johnson rushing eight times for 28 yards. UCF was held to just 122 yards of offense in the first half.

SMU entered the day a win shy of bowl eligibility status, so they will need a strong second half to finish this one off. UCF does not look like the same team they have been at times this season, but we have also seen the Knights overcome some sluggish starts in conference play for thrilling endings. Whether that happens today or not is anyone’s guess. If UCF does come back to win this one their bowl situation will not change. They will be the last conference champ seeded in the BCS bowl selection process, which could mean Fiesta Bowl, win or lose.

A win for UCF will win the outright championship rather than sharing the championship with Louisville. UCF owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Cardinals, which is why UCF has already clinched a spot in the BCS.

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4 Responses to “SMU looking for upset of BCS-bound UCF”
  1. youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 7, 2013 2:33 PM

    Not making excuses for UCF (I’m not a UCF fan so I have no reason to), but talk about a perfect storm for a loss to a team you’re better than.

    Bowl position and conference championship already established, road game in a stadium that looks like there are about ten people in attendance, and oh by the way, get on plane in Orlando yesterday where it’s about 80 and then play in game where it’s about 30.

  2. scubagolfjim says: Dec 7, 2013 3:27 PM

    Here’s a little journalistic refresher for Mr. Kevin McGuire:

    When you’re writing a story in which initials and/or abbreviations will be much more easily used, you do not write the entire story using said initials and/or abbreviations.

    You do not simply assume that everyone that may read the story will be instantly aware to whom or what you’re referring with initials and/or abbreviations when they read the article in question. Therefore, you identify the the full name/description in the original exposure and then begin using the initials and/or abbreviations at that point.

    Example: The University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights will have to keep the pressure on themselves to maintain their focus as they face off with the sometimes lackluster Southern Methodist (SMU) Cowboys this afternoon in Dallas.

    See? Now, no matter how you may refer to the two schools’ teams from this point on, people will know immediately to which and to whom you are alluding. Be it UCF or Cowboys or Knights or SMU. I remember UCF from when their football team was more like a Junior High debate team.

    Take the few extra seconds to actually inform your readers. Otherwise HTFASOTSTKWYTA?

  3. John Taylor says: Dec 7, 2013 3:57 PM

    Do you want to field the angry emails from UCF officials when referring to them as “Central Florida” or anything other than UCF? Go find another soapbox, if you don’t mind.

  4. phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:52 AM

    Its an insult to UCF and SMU that you need to be explained who they are. Its time to go educate yourself so we don’t have to hear your drivel. Thanks for the entertainment.

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