Published: Sep 10, 2010 8:54 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 11, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida only gets so many chances against BCS schools, so consider Saturday night's game one of the season's biggest.

The Knights know just what such a win can do, too.

UCF's 25-23 win over North Carolina State to open the 2007 season propelled the Knights to their finest season in school history. They eventually won the Conference USA title and a berth in the Liberty Bowl.

UCF is non-automatic qualifier to the BCS, an outsider looking to play its way into the national picture. UCF (1-0) is well aware that Saturday night's rematch against NC State (1-0) in Orlando is another chance to make a statement about its legitimacy as a rising program.