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2006 UCF Golden Knights Football Preview

Welcome to Maddux's 2006 UCF Golden Knights season preview. As usual we have taken the time to break down the team, while providing information about the university, and the 2006 UCF Golden Knights Football Schedule. If you are wagering on college football this season consider using Maddux Sports' College football picks for the added edge over the sportsbooks in 2006. In addition be sure to visit our college football odds line service for the upcoming season.

Coach: George O'Leary (3rd year at UCF)
Team Name: Golden Knights
2005 Overall Record: 8-4
2005 Conference USA Record 7-1
Returning Starters: 17

The University of Central Florida Golden Knights sported an 8-4 record behind the solid play of both junior quarterback Steve Moffett (223 COMP, 375 ATT, 2,925 YDS, 22 TDs, 9 INTS) and first-year running back Kevin Smith (249 CARR, 1,178 YDS, 9 TDS). The good news is they are back, along with 6 other offensive starters.

The entire offensive line returns, giving this team a great chance for even more success. The receiving unit lost star Brandon Marshall, leaving senior wide man Mike Walker (64 REC, 855 YDS, 9 TDs) trying to compensate. The running game is deep, which will certainly take pressure off the receivers, allowing them to develop.

For the defense, 10 of 11 starters are back. Paul Carrington (9 sacks) is gone from defensive end and he’ll be tough to replace. The secondary should provide good coverage. Sophomores Joe Burnett (5 INTS) and Johnell Neal team up at safety and sophomores Jason Venson (85 tackles) and Sha’reff Rashad combine in the safety positions to cover the field with talent and experience. The linebackers are young but all return as starters.

If the line can penetrate, the defense will be effective and the variegated offense should generate points. The Knights lost four regular season games in 2005. Swing games against South Florida, Pittsburgh and Houston will decide if they improve that mark.

UCF Golden Knights 2006 Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Sep 2
Villanova
Home
Sep 9
Florida
Road
Sep 16
USF
Road
Sep 26
S Mississippi
Home
Oct 4
Marshall
Road
Oct 13
Pittsburgh
Home
Oct 21
Rice
Home
Oct 28
Houston
Road
Nov 4
East Carolina
Home
Nov 11
Memphis
Road
Nov 18
Tulane
Road
Nov 25
UAB
Home

 

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2006 Non BCS Team Previews

There are always a few teams not in the major BCS conferences that are major BCS bowl game contenders or popular teams to write about it. We have listed 12 of those teams below. For teams other than these contenders check out the main 2006 college football preview section of Maddux Sports.

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