HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- As far as Central Florida Coach George O'Leary is concerned, the rest of Conference USA can spread their offenses as wide as they like. They can talk tempo until the cows come home.
The Knights (5-2, 3-0) will stay grounded. They'll stick with the pro-style offense that has earned them two C-USA titles and four bowl berths since O'Leary took over the team in 2004.
It's an offense that Marshall (3-4, 2-1) will have to switch gears to face when the Knights visit at 8 p.m. Saturday (CBS Sports Network).
Some Conference USA teams, Marshall included, love breaking the 90-play barrier each game and throwing the ball all over the lot. UCF stays around 68 plays a game and employs a trio of big, powerful running backs.
Two of those running backs - 6-foot-3, 222-pound fifth-year senior Latavius Murray and 6-1, 209-pound fifth-year senior Brynn Harvey - are among the Knights' top 10 career rushers, Harvey at fifth (2,353 yards) and Murray at ninth (1,700 yards).
The third, 6-1, 216-pound Storm Johnson, is a Miami transfer who leads UCF with 416 rushing yards.
UCF's running backs fit more of the mold of bruisers like Eddie George than mighty mites like former WVU star Noel Devine, Herd safety Okechukwu Okoroha said.
"I feel like they like the big-type of running backs over there, especially when they run the I-formation," he said. "The funny thing about it is one will go out and the next one will come in and they look the same. You really can't tell the difference between all of them."
The Knights are a bit of an anomaly in the grip-it-and-rip-it Conference USA, where spread offenses are more the norm. Even Tulsa, which is one of the nation's best rushing offenses, runs the ball out of a spread look. UCF keeps it conventional.
"In Conference USA, you're used to speed and spreading out your guys," defensive end Alex Bazzie said.
"(UCF is) more of let's run the ball and play smash-mouth football. They've got something of a Big Ten concept and they're bringing that into Conference USA, so it's very different."