During last season's 56-14 season-opening win at Akron, there wasn't much that UCF wasn't able to do well against the Zips.
On Thursday night, they meet again to open 2013 with rosters that are mostly intact from a year ago.
The biggest difference is that while the Knights have a second-year starting quarterback in Blake Bortles that is surrounded by an experienced receiving corps and massive expectations, Zips' sophomore Kyle Pohl will be making his first career start.
Still, UCF coach George O'Leary has prepared his young secondary to face another fast-paced air attack that became the calling card in Terry Bowden's first season in Akron. O'Leary said keeping them boxed up is paramount.
''They're going to make some catches, you just gotta be able to make sure there's not hidden yardage in the plays,'' O'Leary said. ''You want to basically get them off in three (downs) and hold on to the ball on them. That's how you handle things.''
Turnovers were a big problem for Bowden's tea...