ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- There's usually a moment at the beginning of each week when Central Florida assistant coach Tim Salem will address the offense and deliver a passionate, piercing speech to motivate players. Not this week.
The Knights (5-2, 3-0) host East Carolina (5-2, 4-0) on Saturday in a matchup featuring the last three Conference USA champions, and the winner will take a huge step toward representing the East Division in this year's title game.
Barring a major collapse from either side, the loser will almost surely be eliminated from contention for the conference championship. And as if there wasn't enough at stake with the only teams still undefeated in Conference USA play, UCF's senior class has never beaten the Pirates.