Was UCF’s 35-24 win over Navy impressing enough to the CFP committee to consider moving UCF up in the rankings this week?
The first half sure looked like the Knights were on their way to doing just that.
The Knights scored 21 points and the defense held Navy to only 3. The Knights defense very uncharacteristically played great in the first half and completely fell apart in the second half.
This is a different look for the Knights as they usually make most of the defensive mistakes in the first half and make adjustments at halftime for the second half. The Knights defense continued to struggle on stopping the run. They gave up 168 rushing yards in the first half and 206 in the second half combing for 374 total rushing yards.
UCF gave up more points in the second half, giving up 3 touchdowns to the Midshipmen. Wrapping up and filling big holes on the defensive line continue to plague the UCF defense as teams continue to expose their run defense. Allowing Navy to score 24 points after Cincinnati shut them out 42-0 the week prior means it is not looking good for the Knights in the eyes of the CFP committee.
College football fans continue to hear about passing the eye test when it comes to teams performances out on the field.
As of right now, the Knights offense continues to pass that test, but the defense continues to fail. If the Knights want to have any chance at moving up in the rankings the defense is going to have to make some major adjustments. With two huge games against Cincinnati and USF coming up in the next two weeks the Knights can do nothing but continue to win football games.
With the struggles on defense, the Knights were still able to hold off the Navy Midshipmen 35-24 as they further their winning streak to 22-games.
Stay tuned for a full recap of the game.