Blake Bortles talks to UCF beat writer Paul Tenorio at UCF's Fiesta Bowl media day
The sixth-ranked Bears (11-1) and No. 15 Knights (11-1) will meet on Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN.
"I think their style of play. I think their patience, their maturity, their discipline," Briles said, when asked what makes UCF a tough opponent. "Coach O'Leary, he's known for being a defensive guy. They do a great job schematically defensively. They don't get themselves out of position with alignment. They're productive in how they approach the game.
"We're just playing a well¿coached football team. They've won  games in four years. You get to thinking about who else has done that in Division I, and Alabama is the only one that comes to mind. I'm not sure how many they've won, but I'm guessing in the 40-plus range. They may be the only other university that's done that. To me that's very impressive. At the end of the day, that's what it's about, it's about winning."
One area that has been discussed often -- and that gives Baylor players a unique perspective on UCF -- is the similarities between the two programs. Both were considered the little brother within their own state, and both have now made it to one of college football's biggest bowl games.
"Yeah, you know, Central Florida, they've won some conference championships over the last four or five years," Briles said. "Coach O'Leary won it, I think they won Conference USA in '10 and ['07]. They've won a couple. As far as getting overlooked in your state, I mean, the way you keep from getting overlooked is to beat the competition and win. He's done that. Fortunately we've, to a certain degree, done some of that over the last two or three years.
"I mean, that's how you force equality. Equality is not given; it's something you've got to earn. His players have earned it, so have we, to now we're more on an equal scale to where we might have been five years ago."