UCF Announces 2007 Football Schedule

GO KNIGHTS Joe Burnett and the Golden Knights open the 2007 football season on the road at North Carolina State
Joe Burnett and the Golden Knights open the 2007 football season on the road at North Carolina State

2007 UCF Football Schedule in PDF Format

Feb. 26, 2007

Orlando, Fla. (www.UCFAthletics.com) - The 2007 UCF football schedule will feature six home games, which includes the inaugural game at Bright House Networks Stadium against the Texas Longhorns on Sept. 15, along with six road games.

UCF currently has two contests set for national television on ESPN in 2007. Additional television games could be added when CSTV releases its own 2007 television line-up. ESPN will broadcast the Texas game at UCF on Sept. 15 in addition to a Sunday night meeting with Southern Miss in Hattiesburg on Oct. 28.

"I am happy to get the schedule and to see very competitive home and away games," UCF head coach George O'Leary said. "With the addition of Bright House Networks Stadium, there has been a lot of fan interest and enthusiasm and having the schedule now only builds on that."

UCF opens the 2007 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 on the road at North Carolina State in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Following the match-up with the Wolfpack and a bye week, UCF will have three straight home games against Texas (Sept. 15), the Conference USA opener with Memphis (Sept. 22) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 29). The three-game home stand marks the second straight season and second time overall as well that UCF will play three home games in the month of September since moving up to Division I-A in 1996.

"Everyday I watch Bright House Networks Stadium become more of a reality," commented UCF Director of Athletics Keith Tribble. "This is an exciting time to be a UCF Knight. We'll have two nationally-televised games on ESPN, against Texas and a prime-time Sunday night game at Southern Miss, which continues our growth in national exposure. We expect all six home games to be a tough ticket this season and hope all of our fans and alumni can start making their plans to be here in Orlando this fall."

The first conference road game will be on Oct. 6 at East Carolina. That game is followed with a highly-anticipated meeting with cross-state rival USF in Tampa on Oct. 13. UCF then hosts C-USA West Division member Tulsa on Oct. 20, marking the first time the Golden Hurricane visit Orlando since playing in the inaugural C-USA Championship game in 2005. The month ends with a nationally-televised East Division showdown at Southern Miss on Sunday, Oct. 28 on ESPN.

UCF will start off November by hosting Marshall at Bright House Networks Stadium on Nov. 3, followed by two road contests at UAB (Nov. 10) and SMU (Nov. 17). The regular season concludes with a home game against UTEP on Nov. 24. The meetings with SMU and UTEP mark the first with these two Conference USA West Division teams.

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2007 Schedule (Game Times are TBD)
Sept. 1   at N.C. State           Carter-Finley Stadium           Raleigh, N.C.
Sept. 15  Texas (ESPN)            Bright House Networks Stadium   Orlando
Sept. 22  Memphis                 Bright House Networks Stadium   Orlando
Sept. 29  La.-Lafayette           Bright House Networks Stadium   Orlando
Oct. 6    at East Carolina        Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium        Greenville, N.C.
Oct. 13   at USF                  Raymond James Stadium         Tampa, Fla.
Oct. 20   Tulsa                   Bright House Networks Stadium   Orlando
Oct. 28   at Southern Miss (ESPN) M.M. Roberts Stadium            Hattiesburg, Miss.
Nov. 3    Marshall                Bright House Networks Stadium   Orlando
Nov. 10   at UAB                  Legion Field                    Birmingham, Ala.
Nov. 17   at SMU                  Gerald J. Ford Stadium          Dallas, Texas
Nov. 24   UTEP                    Bright House Networks Stadium   Orlando
Schedule Notes:
• UCF opens its new on-campus Bright House Networks Stadium in 2007. The 45,000-seat venue will be in the intercollegiate athletics complex in the north end of the East Orlando campus. The complex includes the Convocation Center, which also is scheduled to be completed in fall 2007; the Nicholson Fieldhouse; the Wayne Densch Sports Center; other athletics fields; student housing; and retail space that will include restaurants and shops. The estimated $47 million Bright House Networks Stadium is part of a total $60 million project that includes financing costs, reserve requirements, infrastructure, roads, parking and practice fields for football, soccer and baseball.

• Last season, UCF broke the 200,000 mark in single-season attendance for the first time in school history. The seven-game home schedule brought in a record 220,980 fans.

• UCF will play four games in 2007 against teams for the first time (N.C. State, Texas, SMU and UTEP). All-time, UCF is 58-62-1 in 121 first meetings.

• On the 2007 schedule, UCF has only faced one of its foes at least six times (East Carolina). Combined, UCF has played just 26 games against its 12 opponents.

• UCF is 14-14 all-time in 28 season-opening contests. With N.C. State on tap for 2007, UCF is continuing to face strong programs to start the season, including Steve Spurrier's South Carolina debut in 2005, No. 21 Wisconsin in 2004, No. 9 Virginia Tech in 2003, No. 24 Penn State in 2002, No. 19 Clemson in 2001, Georgia Tech in 2000 and No. 22 Purdue in 1999.

• Since joining C-USA last season, UCF has a record of 5-3 at home and 5-3 on the road in regular season league games. UCF fell to Tulsa, 44-27, in the 2005 postseason C-USA title game at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

• UCF is a combined 13-15 all-time against the current C-USA line-up; having faced nine of the 11 other league teams in its football history.