Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
This is the fifth bowl game for O'Leary and the Knights in nine years.
The Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl might not have the same ring to it as, say, the Sugar Bowl, but UCF coach George O'Leary expects a great game nonetheless.
The ninth-year coach of the Knights said the Dec. 21 game against the Ball State Cardinals should make fans happy, writes Ben Breiner of The Star Press:
"I think we have two good football teams and great game expectation as far as crowd and competition is concerned," UCF coach George O'Leary said at a bowl press conference. "I have had the opportunity to look at them on film. It is going to be a great competition, and I am looking forward to the challenge."
UCF has had a solid season, going 9-4 and 7-1 in Conference USA. The Knights struggled toward the end, losing a pair of games to Tulsa in the final three weeks.
Ball State is 9-4 this season. The Cardinals finished the year with a six-game winning streak, including a 34-27 win over No. 25 Toledo on Nov. 6.
This is the fifth bowl game for the Knights under O'Leary's watch. The team is 1-3 in bowl games, with the only win coming two years ago in the Liberty Bowl. The Knights beat the Georgia Bulldogs, 10-6.