For the second time this season, UCF is getting some recognition with the poll voters.

The Knights were given one vote in “others receiving votes” prior to the season and have now garnered two votes in this weeks USA Today/Coach’s Poll. UCF (5-2) started the season 2-2, but has won three straight games over UAB, Marshall and Rice entering their game this weekend against East Carolina.


The Knights defeated Rice 41-14 last night, dominating the Owls both on offense and defense. UCF is led by their suffocating defense, which is ranked No. 7 in the nation in total defense, No. 8 in scoring defense and ranked 9th in pass defense. They rank first in conference in almost every defensive category and have had success running the football, ranking No. 2 in rushing offense in Conference USA at 190 yards a game.

The Knights will take on the Pirates at home this weekend at Bright House Networks Stadium. Both teams are undefeated in conference, with ECU sitting at 4-0 and UCF at 3-0.