Insider: UCF Football Schedule Update

On Thursday Conference USA announced  its preliminary television schedule for the 2012 football season. The Knights learned a couple of weeks ago  the start times for  the opener at Akron  and the September 8th game at Ohio State  as well as where it would be televised. Here below is the breakdown of UCF 2012 schedule.

  Thursday August 30-  at Akron- 7pm  on ESPN3.Com

 Saturday  Saturday September 8- at  Ohio State- Noon on ESPN 2

 Saturday  September 15 – vs FIU – TBA on CSS

 Saturday  September 22 –  Bye Week

 Saturday  September 29 – vs Missouri- TBA on FSN

 Thursday October 4- vs East Carolina- 8pm on CBS Sports Network

 Saturday October 13- vs Southern Miss- 8pm on CBS Sports Network

 Saturday October 20- at Memphis – TBA on CSS

 Saturday October 27- at Marshall- 8pm on CBS Sports Network

 Saturday November 3 – vs SMU – 7pm on CBS Sports Network

 Saturday November 10- at Utep- TBA/ No TV

 Saturday November 17- at Tulsa – TBA on FSN

 Saturday November 24- vs UAB- TBA on FSN

 Here some observations and notes from the schedule below.

 – Conference USA originally announced the FIU-UCF Game would be at Noon on the press release. However UCF Athletics announced the game to be  TBA.  I would not be suprised if UCF is behind the scenes trying to change the Noon kick off time with the conference and television networks as they do not want a Noon game in September from an attendance stand point. UCF AD/Communications Andy Seeley told’s Brandon Helwig about the situation on twitter the following  on Thursday. “Just spoke to the conference office. They said to stick with TBA, so that’s what I’m going with.” 

   UCF Head Football Coach George O’Leary in the past has said he prefers earlier start times  as he does not want his team waiting all day to play.

– October 20th game at Memphis will more then likely be a 330pm kick time   as UCF has alot of night games  before and after the Memphis game which is not a marquee game.

-November 3  is shaping up to be the biggest day in college football regular season and UCF-SMU drew the misfortune of being put at 7pm which will basically go head to head against Alabama-LSU Game which will be 8pm kick on CBS and USC-Oregon which will kick off at 8pm on ABC. UCF will also have tough competition  in the state as  Florida will host Missouri that day which will more then likely be a 330pm or 7pm kick off on CBS or ESPN.

– The SMU game  is also UCF Homecoming game  which normally in the past has been an afternoon game. Interesting to see how the night game will effect all the homecoming activities that night and attendance.

– November 10th game at Utep  has no television, Utep always plays night home games  so  I will predict  this to be a 8pm kick off time it least if not later.  November 10 also is the same day  that UCF Men’s Basketball will play at South Florida  at the new rebuilt Sun Dome.

– November 24 is the same weekend  as Florida-Florida State game in Tallahassee. It is the third time UCF will end the regular season with a home against UAB with the others coming in 2006  which was the last home game at the Citrus Bowl  and in 2008.

– 2012 is the Knights last season in Conference USA . It  should  not be a  suprise that the schedule is very tough especially with the late start times on the road and back to back road trips to Utep and Tulsa near the end of the season.