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October 10, 2013
Week Seven Preview
UCF's players and coaches will be glued to the TV tonight as next week's opponent, Louisville, takes on Rutgers in a Thursday night ESPN clash.
The No. 8 Cardinals are the favorites to win the American Athletic Conference, but they'll likely face their best competition this week and next.
Last year's Big East championship came down to the Louisville-Rutgers matchup which was played the last week of the regular season. The Cardinals won that game, 20-17, to earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl where they went on to stomp Florida.
UCF, in the midst of a bye week, visits Louisville next Friday, Oct. 18 on ESPN.
Elsewhere in the American, there's an intriguing matchup in Texas on Saturday between Memphis and Houston. The Cougars, one of two undefeated American teams, now know they'll play the rest of their season with true freshman quarterback John O'Korn after David Piland announced his retirement earlier this week due to a history of concussions. He hadn't played since the second game. Memphis, though their record may not show it, continues to improve and nearly upset UCF last week.
There's another ESPN primetime game on Friday night as Cincinnati hosts Temple. The Bearcats suffered an embarrassing 26-20 loss at USF last week. UConn hosts USF on Saturday to round out the league slate.
Here's a look at every game involving the American, future league members East Carolina, Tulane, Tulsa and Navy, plus UCF's non-conference opponents (Akron, FIU, Penn State, South Carolina).
Yahoo! College Football Scoreboard
Lines are for entertainment purposes only, picks are head-to-head.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
Bye weeks: UCF (4-1, 1-0 AAC), SMU (1-4, 0-1 AAC).