Why UCF Will Win The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
– The rushing offense is relentless. Okay, yeah, UCF hasn’t seen anything in the same zip code as the LSU defensive front, but this offense knows how to rip up the big yards in chunks with almost 300 yards or more in five of the last six games of the regular season.
The O cranked up two or more rushing touchdowns in every game, ran for six in the AAC Championship win over Memphis, and it’s able to keep the production coming in waves from the deep backfield. The offensive line is fantastic at paving the way, and it puts on a clinic in pass protection, partly because …
– Here comes the tempo. There’s no letting up in this game. Ever. Even if there’s a rough drive, or a clunker of a quarter, or even a bad half, this team can put up points and yards in bunches thanks to the speed that head man Josh Heupel runs this attack. UCF brings more explosion to Glendale than LSU does. If this gets into any sort of a track meet, the Knights have the system to score quicker.
And then there’s the momentum factor. If this offense goes quickly on LSU early on, or if it comes up with a few scoring drives, everything shifts to the Knight side. This offense will feed off any sort of positivity. As good as LSU is, the last thing it needs is to have any doubt start to creep in.
– Do you really believe in the LSU passing game? Tiger QB Joe Burrow has been fine, but he gets sacked a whole lot behind a good line that gives up plays in the backfield. Forgetting the craziness that happened in the 74-72 loss to Texas A&M, this isn’t a team built to put up numbers in a big hurry. It’s a methodical offense with the second-least efficient passing game in the SEC – and that’s with Burrow throwing just four picks.