PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Heupel calls the growing groundswell of support for 15th-ranked UCF "outside noise." The coach stressed he can't control it and orders his players to tune it out even as the weeks pass, the blowouts pile up and the national profile for the current Group of Five darling ticks upward.
Good luck with that. If UCF (3-0) keeps rolling, the din might become deafening.
The Knights carry a 25-game regular-season winning streak into Saturday's visit to Pittsburgh (1-2) insistent they aren't focused on making another statement victory against a Power Five program. Maybe, but the Panthers also offer UCF one last shot at building its resume before heading into American Athletic Conference play.