There are several
reasons why the East Carolina football team and coaching staff as well
as the Pirate Nation should be on full alert this weekend. Saturday’s
game against Central Florida in the Citrus Bowl is screaming TRAP and
here are three reasons why.
First, any time a team, and it doesn’t matter if you are talking high
school, college or professional teams, any team that comes off an
emotional, dramatic late win when they were the underdog is bound
to have a setback. The coaches can do their best to prepare for the
next week, but the fans spend all week talking about it. The media
keeps talking about it. It’s just difficult to maintain that level of
energy and excitement.
Second, Central Florida, sitting at 2-6, is basically the exact same
team that finished 7-1 in Conference USA last season and played in the
conference championship game. The Golden Knights return 42 starters
from ‘05, including every single player that scored a passing and
rushing touchdown. That means the weapons are still in place, but for
some reason they just aren’t hitting. YET!
Number three, East Carolina is UCF’s homecoming opponent. Historically,
the Golden Knights have played in front of their largest crowds on
homecoming. And they have given those homecoming fans a lot to cheer
about. UCF has won 10 of its last 11 homecoming games.
While these signs may point at trouble for East Carolina this week,
there are some things playing into our favor.
One, we pretty much gave Central Florida a win last year in Greenville
with six turnovers. That won’t happen again.
Two, UCF has lost three straight games and given up an average of 47
points during those games. If it goes into a shootout, advantage East
But, it won’t get into a shootout because the Pirate D has turned into
a well oiled machine that continues to shut down opposing offenses.
There is concern that this game could be a trap, but if you see the
trap coming, you won’t fall in.