UCF visits UConn on Saturday for what may or may not be an annual rivalry game.
UConn coach Bob Diaco received plenty of ridicule when he created a trophy for the series last year after the Huskies upset the Knights in 2014, handing UCF its only conference loss.
UConn won again in Florida, routing UCF 40-13, and celebrated on the field with the trophy, winning what Diaco initially called the Civil Conflict and later revised to the ConnFLiCT (note the capital FL and CT). The Huskies (3-4, 1-3 American) have won two of the three games between the programs.
"It adds a little bit of excitement to the practice week itself," said UConn tight end Alec Bloom. "It's different playing for a trophy in the regular season than it would be any other time. So, I think it adds a little bit of excitement, gets everyone a little more excited to play."
But Diaco has been downplaying his creation this week, saying he planned to keep the discussion of the matchup internal.
UCF (3-3, 1-1), meanwhile, simply does not consider this game to be special.
"Before I came here I was not aware of whatever they are calling the game," said first-year UCF coach Scott Frost. "Listen, this is another game to us. Every single one of them is important. We're going to prepare for this one like we prepare for every one." >> Read more