The UCF football team hasn't had a season this frustrating in years, by the numbers at least. Six games ended by a seven point gap or less, and the Knights lost every one of them.
This weekend, after two straight losses that destroyed any chances of the Knights (4-7, 2-5) making a postseason berth, they'll hope to play the role of a spoiler to a UTEP Miners (5-6, 2-5) team that still has what the Knights don't: a shot at a bowl game.
That may be the only consolation for a team packed with 15 seniors who saw the Knights rise to two conference championships and the team's only bowl game victory in the program's history, only to see the most dramatic season to season collapse since the first season head coach George O'Leary was at the helm.
Now in their final game of the season, the Knights are looking to erase a plague of mistakes to pull off a final win to end the season.
Thankfully for the Knights, they're facing the Miners a week after they were destroyed by Tulsa 57-28 Nov. 19. UTEP's offense has showed signs of spark against some teams, exceeding 40 points in two games. That includes a shocking 49-42 loss to an undefeated Houston team that went on to be ranked for half of the season.
For the Knights, closing the deal in the red zone, a problem they've had all season, could make all the difference. Nearly a dozen collapses in the red zone so far has haunted the Knights this season.
The game kicks off at the Bright House at 7 p.m. Nov. 25, airing on CBS Sports Network.