The Knights are one of the biggest up and coming teams in the country. They are coming off the school's most successful season in program history after an 11-3 record that included the school's first ever bowl victory and first-ever national ranking.
The Knights won their second Conference-USA championship, knocked off the Georgia Bulldogs in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl and finished with the No. 21 ranking in the AP poll. They also received the No. 25 ranking in the final BCS poll.
UCF and Florida State were the only two teams in the state to finish in the national rankings.
It was a historic year for the relatively new program that will have an even brighter future after reeling in their best recruiting class in school history. The Knights landed the gem of their class in four star quarterback recruit DeMarcus Smith, who chose UCF over his hometown Louisville Cardinals.
In addition, they had 29 total newcomers in an excellent 2011 class that was also highlighted by linebacker Leilon Willingham and four star junior transfer Toby Jackson. The incoming talent gave UCF the 39th best class in the country.
The newcomers will join the Jeffrey Godfrey-led Knights. Godfrey is coming off a stellar freshman campaign, in which he took over as the starter just three games into the season. The Miami-native posted 2159 passing yards and 13 passing touchdowns, to go along with nine rushing TD's.
Although the Knights lost some crucial players on defense, including All-American Bruce Miller, they filled a lot of holes with their recruits and will have the pieces to be one of the best defenses in the nation again.
The Knights finished 12th in the nation in total scoring defense last year and will look to the defense again this year to make them effective.
Central Florida has a great shot as repeating as Conference-USA champions after going 7-1 in their conference slate last year.
With Godfrey having a year of experience under his belt and plenty of new talent in place, coach George O'Learly will look to lead UCF into uncharted heights next season and keep them in the national spotlight.