Two different teams will compete in the Cure Bowl on Saturday in sunny Orlando, Fla.
Arkansas State (7-5, 7-1 Sun Belt) has won or shared the conference title in five of the past six seasons. Central Florida (6-6, 4-4 American Athletic) is wrapping up a rebuilding year with new coach Scott Frost. The Knights are the eighth team in NCAA history to go winless and then earn a bowl berth the following season.
The programs previously met in 1991, when the Knights traveled to Jonesboro, Ark., and earned a win.
Arkansas State vs. Central Florida, Cure Bowl game time, details
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Dec. 17
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
Weather: Sunny, high 84
The line: Central Florida (-6)
What channel is Arkansas State-UCF on?
CBS Sports Network is televising the game.
How can I watch Arkansas State-UCF online in the Cure Bowl?
You can watch the game at CBS Sports Network live online.
How can I listen to Arkansas State-UCF on the radio in the Cure Bowl?
You can listen through the Arkansas State athletics site at astateredwolves.com or 0n 96.9-FM or 740-AM in the Orlando area.
Who is calling the Cure Bowl for CBS Sports Network?
Carter Blackburn, analyst Aaron Carter and reporter Jenny Dell will call the Cure Bowl on CBS Sports Network.
Cure Bowl: Arkansas State vs. UCF keys to the game
Quieting the home crowd
Attendance has been down at UCF home games in recent years, but the Knights, who play 18 miles from the bowl venue (that’s much closer than the nearly 900 miles Red Wolves fans will have to travel), still will draw a crowd. Arkansas State is used to playing in big-time college football atmospheres (the Red Wolves played at Auburn in September and at USC in 2015), but anything that lulls UCF fans to sleep will be helpful.
Handling a close game
The most striking improvements for UCF this season have been on defense. Arkansas State, on the other hand, has rolled to wins by scoring better than 30 points, but the Red Wolves are 1-2 in close games this season. If the score ends up being close, the team that makes the fewest mistakes and best handles pressure will emerge the winner.