UCF student section filling in Orlando; USC receiver Shaq Roland behind in Columbia
ORLANDO, Fla. – The student section at Bright House Networks Stadium began filling more than two hours before kickoff of today’s game between South Carolina and Central Florida … and it hasn’t stopped.
The bottom half of the south end zone is speckled Knights’ gold and black. Outside, the marching band has kept packed tailgating lots entertained. It’s all in anticipation for what has been dubbed arguably the biggest game in UCF history.
The Knights will have their first sellout in two years when they host the No. 12 Gamecocks for a noon kickoff on ABC. It will be their first game ever televised on network television. UCF is also trying to beat only its second ranked opponent in program history, the first coming four years ago against a Houston team that was also ranked No. 12.
South Carolina should have no struggle today, even with sophomore receiver Shaq Roland suspended this week. Roland, a former South Carolina Mr. Football, has eight catches for a team-high 161 yards with one touchdown this season. He did not make the trip to Orlando, Fla., because of what a USC spokesman called “a violation of athletics department policy.”
“Keep your comments to yourself #nobodywantstohearit,” Roland tweeted Saturday morning.
Regardless, a powerhouse team from the SEC is supposed to win these types of games, even on the road. If the Gamecocks are at all sleepy for their early start, UCF is good enough – and this stadium will be wired enough – to make for an interesting afternoon.