ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — UCF coach George O'Leary typically doesn't like to have many open dates on his schedule.
But he says he isn't loathing his team's final one of the season as the 19th-ranked Knights take advantage of some extra prep time before hosting Houston next week.
The Knights (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) benefited from their bye-week earlier this month before playing and eventually upsetting Louisville to jump into the Top 25.
UCF's players say aside from being able to watch Houston's Thursday night game on television, the key this week was keeping the hunger and confidence that got them out to their best start since 1998.
The Cougars' win over South Florida Thursday means they remain alongside the Knights as the only unbeaten teams in the American Athletic Conference.