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Aug. 25, 2014

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - After more than a year of planning and anticipation, the UCF Knights will leave Tuesday afternoon for their historic trip to Dublin, Ireland and the inaugural Croke Park Classic against the Penn State Nittany Lions. This will be the first time the football program is playing a game outside the United States. For many of the Knight student-athletes, it's the first time they've left the country or even traveled via airplane.

The game will be one of the most unique events any college football player will have a chance to take part in, but despite the five-hour time difference and spending almost one week in a foreign country - the team is solely focused on getting a win.

"We're going over there to win a football game," said head coach George O'Leary of any potential sight-seeing. "They'll see what they have to see, but football and practice is coming first and meetings are coming first."

The Knights had that same mentality last season and went undefeated in road contests. While the Knights are the host team in this neutral-site contest, it's still a game away from Bright House Networks Stadium in a venue few college football teams have ever played in.

"I'm looking forward to it, because we're playing in front of such a huge stadium over in Dublin," said senior linebacker Terrance Plummer. "I'm really excited to get out there. I know what we have to get done and that's what I'm worried about mostly."

This game will be the seventh regular-season game between two NCAA programs in Ireland. It's also the first college football game to be played at Croke Park since 1996.

"Some of these guys, it's the first time getting their passports," said senior offensive lineman Torrian Wilson. "A lot of the guys are happy to go.

"It's going to be amazing," added Wilson. "I know the fans are excited to see us and we're excited to play in front of them."

Croke Park has a capacity of 82,000 fans and is the fourth largest stadium in all of Europe.

To hear more of what Coach O'Leary and the players had to say about their trip in Monday's press conference, check out the video above. Audio of the complete press conference is below. will have complete coverage of the team's trip to Dublin for the Croke Park Classic. Keep checking back throughout the week for more content and features.

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