UCF will make its Big East (or whatever it may be called by then) debut in 2013. The school and conference released the 2013 football schedule Wednesday afternoon.
The schedule was long delayed due to conference defections, including the Catholic 7 basketball schools, and prolonged television deal negotiations – which were finalized with ESPN.
As expected, UCF and USF have renewed the “War on I-4″ football rivalry with a Thanksgiving weekend game.
Without further ado, here is the UCF Knights 2013 football schedule:
Thu., Aug. 29 Akron
Sat., Sept. 7 @ Florida International
Sat., Sept. 14 @ Penn State
Sat., Sept. 28 South Carolina
Sat., Oct. 5 @ Memphis
Fri., Oct. 18 @ Louisville (ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 26 Connecticut
Sat., Nov. 9 Houston
Sat., Nov. 16 @ Temple
Thu., Nov. 21 Rutgers (ESPN)
Fri., Nov. 29 USF (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Dec. 7 @ SMU
UCF will have three games on either ESPN or ESPN2, thought the final broadcast schedule is not complete.
The game against USF could be the school’s first appearance on network television if picked up by ABC. Either way, the game will be nationally televised during Thanksgiving weekend, giving the Knights and the Bulls a strong rivalry going forward.
UCF has an out-of-conference schedule that includes a road content against Penn State and a home game against South Carolina.
The Knights have played Penn State twice, with the Nittany Lions leading the series 2-0. Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien worked under UCF head coach George O’Leary at Georgia Tech from 1995-2001. The game on Sept. 14 will be the first meeting of the two coaches on opposite sidelines.
Steve Spurrier will return to Florida on Sept. 28 when he brings his Gamecocks to Bright House Networks Stadium. Spurrier led South Carolina to a top-10 finish last season along with All-American pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney.
UCF will start the conference portion of its schedule the next week on the road against Memphis on Oct. 5. UCF has won eight-straight meetings against the Tigers.
The Knights will visit Louisville, the early favorites to win the conference, on Oct. 18. The Cardinals capped a 11-2 season in 2012 with a 33-23 win over Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and are led by Big East Offensive Player of the Year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
UCF will face UConn for the first time ever on Oct. 26 before a bye week and then hosting Houston for homecoming on Nov. 9.
After facing Temple in Philadelphia on Nov. 16, UCF will host Rutgers in a televised game on Nov. 21. Rutgers won the schools’ only meeting in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl, when the Scarlet Knights beat the Knights 45-24.
USF and first-year head coach Willie Taggart will travel to Orlando for the highly anticipated rivalry game. UCF has never defeated USF in the schools’ four meetings. The two schools played every year from 2005 to 2008 but have not played since then. The game is anticipated to draw a sell-out crowd to Bright House Networks Stadium.
UCF will conclude the 2013 regular season on the road, Dec. 7, against SMU.
Fore the complete 2013 Big East football schedule, visit BigEast.org.
2013 season tickets start at $99. To renew or secure your UCF football season tickets, visit UCFAthletics.com or call 407-UCF-1000.