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June 19, 2014

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – UCF and the American Athletic Conference have announced kickoff times and television partners for four more football games this fall.

The Knights’ home opener against Bethune-Cookman Saturday, Sept. 20, will feature a 6 p.m. kickoff. It will air on ESPN3. The matchup with the Wildcats also serves as Family Weekend on campus.

Back-to-back Thursday night games – at Houston on Oct. 2 and vs. BYU on Oct. 9 – also now have start times. The matchup at Houston will be at 7 p.m., while BYU’s visit to Bright House Networks Stadium will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both of those games will air on ESPN. UCF’s Friday, Nov. 14 home date with Tulsa will take place at 8 p.m. and will air on ESPN2.

UCF and Bethune-Cookman are separated by just a little more than 50 miles. The Wildcats are coming off a MEAC championship a year ago, finishing with a 10-3 overall record. The two schools met every season from 1981-95, with the Knights taking on the Wildcats more than any other opponent in school history (15 times). UCF owns a 10-5 record vs. B-CU as the rivalry was halted in the 1996 season when the Black and Gold moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Knights will be facing Houston for the sixth time. UCF holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 1-1 mark in Houston. The Knights will be the first American Athletic Conference opponents to visit the new on-campus Houston Football Stadium. UCF defeated the Cougars 19-14 at Bright House Networks Stadium last season. The last game between the two schools in Houston was a 40-33 UCF victory in 2010.

UCF and BYU are meeting for just the second time. This is the second of a two-game series that started back in 2011. The two teams’ first meeting was in Provo, Utah with the Cougars taking a 24-17 win. This year’s contest will mark BYU’s first foray into the State of Florida since 2010, when the Cougars visited Florida State.

After a year apart, Tulsa and UCF are league foes once again. In Conference USA, the Knights and Golden Hurricane were regular participants – often against each other – in the C-USA Championship Game. The Knights made four Conference USA Championship game appearances between 2005 and 2012 and three of those contests were vs. Tulsa. Now, they will face each other for the first time as members of the American Athletic Conference. UCF and Tulsa have squared off seven times previously, with the Golden Hurricane holding a 5-2 edge in the series. UCF is 2-2 at home vs. the Golden Hurricane.

UCF now has kickoff times set for seven of its 12 regular season games in 2014. The Knights already have five matchups slated for either ESPN or ESPN2 in the upcoming season. Kickoff times and TV partners for the remainder of the UCF schedule will likely be announced during the course of the season, usually 12 days in advance of each game.

The following is a look at the 2014 UCF Football schedule:

2014 UCF Football Schedule
Saturday, Aug. 30 – vs. Penn State – 8:30 a.m. – ESPN2 – Dublin, Ireland
Saturday, Sept. 13 – at Missouri – 12 p.m. – SEC Network
Saturday, Sept. 20 – Bethune-Cookman – 6 p.m. – ESPN3
Thursday, Oct. 2 – at Houston* - 7 p.m. – ESPN
Thursday, Oct. 9 – BYU – 7:30 p.m. – ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 18 – Tulane* - TBA
Saturday, Oct. 25 – Temple* - TBA
Saturday, Nov. 1 – at UConn* - TBA
Friday, Nov. 14 – Tulsa* - 8 p.m. – ESPN2
Saturday, Nov. 22 – SMU* - TBA
Friday, Nov. 28 – at USF* - TBA – National Network TBA
Thursday, Dec. 4 – at East Carolina* - 7:30 p.m. - ESPN
*-American Athletic Conference Game
All Times Eastern. Schedule Subject to Change.

2014 Football Season Tickets: The March to Victory starts with UCF fans. Order season tickets, starting at $99, today online or call 407-UCF-1000. And to learn about the Croke Park Classic against Penn State Aug. 30 in Dublin, Ireland, check out UCF.CrokeParkClassic.com.