UCF Football: 2022 Knights Season Preview and Prediction – AthlonSports.com

Ryan O’Keefe and the Knights are ranked No. 45 in Athlon Sports’ Top 131 for the 2022 college football season

After a 9-4 finish in coach Gus Malzahn’s debut in 2021, UCF is aiming higher this fall. Cincinnati and Houston are considered the frontrunners in the American Athletic Conference for ’22, but the Knights have potential to join that duo at the top if one of the quarterbacks – Mikey Keene or John Rhys Plumlee – emerges as a clear answer under center. UCF doesn’t lack for weapons to support whichever player wins the battle under center. Also, a defense that limited teams to 24.5 points a game brings back seven starters.