UCF: Toughest Non-Conference Schedule in Nation

It will be a tough road for UCF during the 2014 season as it will have one of the strongest non-conference schedules in the country.

The Knights will face Penn State (Aug. 30 in Ireland), Missouri (Sept. 13 in Columbia), Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 20 in Orlando) and BYU (Oct. 9 in Orlando) this year, and all four schools posted winning records in 2013. UCF is one of four schools in the country that will take on four non-conference teams that had a winning record a year ago.

UCF’s non-conference foes combined for 37 wins in 2013 (PSU 7-5, Missouri 12-2, Bethune-Cookman 10-3 and BYU 8-5). Only Wyoming (40) and Louisiana Tech (38) have a non-conference slate with more victories from their opponents.

Meanwhile, the 2014 American Athletic Conference schools have non-conference schedules which feature a combined winning percentage of .566 from its opponents. That mark is higher than any other league.

(Non-conference schedules came from FBSchedules.com. Statistics below include 124 of the 128 FBS schools – they do not include independent programs Army, BYU, Navy and Notre Dame.)

Schools with Four Non-Conference Opponents that had Winning Records in 2013

-UCF

-Hawaii

-North Carolina

-Tennessee

Schools Facing Non-Conference Teams with a Combined 34 Wins or More in 2013

School – Combined 2013 Record of Non-Conference Opponents for 2014

1) Wyoming – 40-12

2) Louisiana Tech – 38-14

T3) UCF – 37-15

T3) Hawaii – 37-27 (Five Non-Conference Opponents)

T5) Nebraska – 36-15

T5) Toledo – 36-20

T5) Tennessee – 36-16

T8) North Carolina – 35-16

T8) South Carolina – 35-17

T10) Tulane – 34-20

T10) Georgia – 34-17

Highest Combined Winning Percentage of Non-Conference Opponents

School – Combined 2013 Winning Percentage of Non-Conference Opponents for 2014

1) Wyoming – 40-12 – .769

2) West Virginia – 31-11 – .738 (Three Opponents)

3) Louisiana Tech – 38-14 – .731

4) Iowa State – 25-10 – .714 (Three Opponents)

5) UCF – 37-15 – .712

6) Nebraska – 36-15 – .706

T7) Tennessee – 36-16 – .6923

T7) USC – 27-12 – .6923 (Three Opponents)

T7) Texas – 27-12 – .6923 (Three Opponents)

10) North Carolina – 35-16 – .686

Highest Combined Winning Percentage of Non-Conference Opponents by League

Conference – Combined 2013 Winning Percentage of Non-Conference Opponents for 2014

1) American Athletic Conference – .566

2) Big 12 – .554

3) Big Ten – .5312

4) Mountain West – .5308

5) SEC – .527

6) ACC – .522

7) Conference USA – .495

8) MAC – .490

9) Sun Belt – .482

10) Pac-12 – .449

SOURCE: UCF Athletics

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