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Reinhold Matay, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2010 file photo, Central Florida head coach George O'Leary leads his players onto the field for an NCAA college football game against Southern Miss in Orlando, Fla. O'Leary says he's hearing from friends around college football with no ties to UCF that `everything's in place' for the Knights to soon be invited to join the Big East Conference. However, the coach says he has no idea as of early Tuesday afternoon if UCF had been extended an official invitation from the Big East.

ORLANDO, Fla. — After a fast start to 2011, Central Florida is still looking to return to its early season form Saturday as it travels to SMU for its first Conference USA road trip of the season.

SMU team is well rested following a bye week and coming off an upset win over then-ranked TCU on Oct. 1.

UCF's defense has been stellar all season and is the only unit in the country not to allow a passing touchdown. That will be tested by a Mustangs' passing offense that ranks second in the conference and has an explosive receiver in Darius Johnson. SMU also has the league's top rusher in Zach Line.

Mustangs' senior receiver Cole Beasley is expected to return as well after sitting out the TCU game with a knee injury.