The Central Florida Knights open up their 2012 season on the road against the Akron Zips on Thursday night. The Knights are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 5-7 season in 2011, and the odds makers think there is a good chance they get off to a good start, as they're favored by more than three touchdowns over Akron.
The Zips did not beat a single Football Bowl Subdivision team in 2011 -- their lone win came against VMI. They ranked 115th in total offense and 94th in total defense last season, so there is a lot of room for improvement on both sides of the ball as the Zips head into 2012.
Game time/date: 7 p.m. ET, Thursday
Location: InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field, Akron, Ohio
TV Schedule/Streaming: ESPN3/WatchESPN
Odds: Central Florida is favored by 24 points