UCF looking to take next step against No. 12 Gamecocks

ORLANDO, Fla. (WACH/AP) -- UCF has long been promoting itself as a football program on the verge of realizing vast potential.

No. 12 South Carolina's visit to UCF on Saturday won't be the first time that the Knights have had a chance to notch a signature victory during coach George O'Leary's tenure.

But at 3-0 and fresh off one the its biggest wins in school history at Penn State, suddenly the program that's previously only nibbled at grabbing national attention could finally do it.

"We're going to have to go out and play well on all sides of the ball - offense, defense and special teams," Knights' head coach George O'Leary told "I think it's like any national game anybody is playing. If you win the game you get great exposure and national attention. Its just not UCF, it could be anybody playing nationally."

The Knights will be fighting its own history in these games, though.

UCF is just 1-24 all-time against ranked teams and 2-14 against Southeastern Conference foes.

But Knights players say they won't be playing with any fear as they look to move to 4-0 for the first time since 1988.

"Being 3-0 shows that weve come a long way. We still have more to go," junior linebacker Terrance Plummer told "We're trying to be 4-0 heading into conference (play) and our goal is to win conference and make it to a BCS bowl game."

Central Florida and South Carolina kick off at 12 noon Saturday at Bright House Networks Stadium. Saturday's game is the first sellout since 2011 and the seventh since the facility opened in 2007.