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Consistency is key for Knights’ success this season

Football beat writer

Published: Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Updated: Friday, September 9, 2011 10:09

It's just another game, right?

Well, no. No it's not. It rarely ever is.

Saturday's game against Boston College is more than just another game. It matters more than just a win or a loss in a few ways.

For starters, there's that awful record against Bowl Championship Series opponents. What's more is that the Knights have never beaten a BCS opponent at Bright House Networks Stadium.

Finally, if UCF does win on Saturday, the Knights will be 2-0 and one win closer to that undefeated, BCS-buster season we're all secretly (in most cases, not so secretly) hoping for.

Actually, here's what Saturday's game is really about: consistency.

It's reflective of this season.

This season is about consistency.

This season, one in which the expectations have never been higher, should be about having a third straight winning season. It should be about making a third straight bowl game. It should be about, at the very least, making a second straight Conference USA title game appearance, a fourth appearance overall, and hopefully winning a second straight C-USA Championship, third overall.

It should be about finishing the season in the polls for the second straight year.

That's the simple math of what this season is all about.

Sure, it'd be amazing if the Knights went undefeated, made some historic run and turned the college football world upside down. They're a confident and very capable bunch, and the schedule sort of lends itself to the possibility. So, until the Knights actually lose their first game, why not dare to dream?

But if, or when, UCF does lose a game this season, let's not all lose perspective of what really matters: UCF is growing from a program that started with an unpaid volunteer coach named Don Jonas scouring the campus for walk-on "Fighting Knights" into a big-time college football program to be reckoned with.

That's what people lose sight of. They lose sight of the fact that at the end of the day the best thing you can do in college football, besides win BCS Championships, is just be consistently good. Winning records and bowl games every season, staying in the polls and, this is where we tie it back into Boston College, consistently beating those who you should beat.

Specifically, consistently beating BCS-opponents who you should beat.

Hasn't that been one of the most frustrating parts of following this program over the years? The Knights not taking care of teams that, despite their big-time affiliations, maybe just aren't that good or that UCF is just better than?

Last year, despite all of the great things that took place, it happened twice. UCF, in my opinion, was better than NC State and Kansas State. But the Knights squandered those games. Finally, in the Liberty Bowl, the program took a huge step forward by beating a Georgia team that was having a bad year – a Georgia team that UCF was legitimately better than at the time.

I'm here to tell you that the Knights are better than the Boston College Eagles, and this Saturday should be about this program again taking care of business and beating a well-known opponent. It's a big step towards consistency and small step toward cleaning up that record against BCS-opponents.

Make no mistake. UCF's phenom, Jeff Godfrey, likely has this season and two more after that. So yes, I do believe that within that time that the Knights will make a big splash and a run at the top of the polls, perhaps a BCS-buster, and that Godfrey himself will make a case for the Heisman before his time here is up. I understand there is a time frame.

What's just as important in the big picture, though, is that each of Godfrey's remaining seasons, and the ones after he leaves, are winning seasons. That they're seasons where the Knights make bowl games and conference championship appearances. That they're seasons where the Knights are ranked.

That they're seasons where the Knights beat opponents, BCS or not, that they should beat. Teams like Boston College on Saturday.

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