UCF Vs. Akron Game Preview: The Knights Head To Ohio To Start Season

July 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Photos of the exterior of the NCAA Headquarters taken after the NCAA holds a press conference announcing corrective and punitive measures against Penn State University for the child abuse committed by former Penn State Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The Knights were picked to finish first in Conference USA.

Central Florida will gets its season started a little earlier than most teams when it takes on Akron on Thursday night. The Knights, who are coming off a 5-7 season, will try to head back toward bowl eligibility with a win in their first game.

Game time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Akron, Ohio

TV: ESPN3

Despite a poor 2011, a lot is expected of Central Florida this season. The Knights were picked to finish first place in Conference USA in a media poll.

Safety Kemal Ishmael, defensive lineman Victor Gray, offensive lineman Theo Goins and kickoff return specialist Rannell Hall all secured spots on the preseason All-Conference USA team.

The Knights figure to have no trouble with Akron. In 2011, the Zips went 1-11 and have beaten just one FBS team in the last two seasons.

Central Florida's season opener will be one of 17 games that begin the college football season on Thursday night.

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