New Year’s Day is just around the corner and one of the most intriguing games of the bowl season kicks off a busy day when the undefeated No. 12 UCF Knights take on the No. 7 Auburn Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
All of the information you need to tune in can be seen below:
Date: Monday, Jan. 1
Start Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: Stream 1
Betting Odds: Auburn -9.5 | O/U: 67
Ticket Info: Buy Tickets Here
Let’s learn a little bit more about the teams ahead of the Peach Bowl.
No. 12 UCF Knights
The UCF Knights capped off a perfect regular season, but never received any serious consideration from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
They’ll be looking to gain some national respect on New Year’s Day when they face off against the SEC’s Auburn Tigers in Scott Frost’s final job before leaving the Knights to take over as the full-time head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The UCF offense ranked No. 1 in the country for Points For (49.4) and No. 7 in passing yards per game (339.3).
The Knights will once again look to light up the scoreboard behind the arm of McKenzie Milton, who recorded 3,795 yards and 35 touchdown passes on the year. Milton’s top target was Tre’Quan Smith, who hauled in 54 catches for 1,082 yards and 13 scores.
No. 7 Auburn Tigers
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) December 27, 2017
Auburn fell just short of the College Football Playoff, finishing the year with a 10-3 record and winning the SEC West, but falling to the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship.
Because of narrowly missing out on the playoff, it will be interesting to see just how motivated the Tigers are to face off against a Group of Five program.
If Auburn fails to come into the game with their full focus on the task ahead, Gus Malzahn’s squad could find themselves becoming the 13th UCF victim of the year. They’ll be looking to avoid that embarrassment while erasing the bad taste of the Georgia loss from their mouths and ending the year on a high note.