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UCF and FAU Agree to Home-and-Home Series

The Knights and the Owls will play at UCF in 2018 and at FAU in 2019.

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As reported by Owl Access, UCF and FAU have agreed to a home-and-home series for 2018 and 2019. The Owls come to Bright House Networks Stadium in 2018 and the Knights will reciprocate with a trip to Boca in 2019.

It's a solid scheduling choice for UCF despite not being a splashy one. Given the nature of our conference, I'd like see the Knights schedule aggressively against Power Five opponents when possible. But if you're going to schedule what ought to be a cupcake, it should be an in-state cupcake.[1] So bring on your FIU,[2] your Bethune Cookman, your FAMU, and (now) your FAU. Scheduling these games against in-state foes adds more fan interest and excitement. And the 2019 game in Boca provides an opportunity for UCF's large south Florida alumni base to watch the Knights without trekking to Orlando.

There's not much football history between UCF and FAU. In 2003, the Knights won 33-29, largely on the strength of QB Ryan Schneider's arm.  Schneider threw for three touchdowns and nearly 500 yards. Knights fans may remember the 2003 team for featuring current NFL players Brandon Marshall and Matt Prater.

The Knights out-of-conference schedule for 2019 currently includes a game at home versus Stanford. FAU is the only 2018 out-of-conference opponent currently scheduled.

[1] And I'll have to continue to say "ought to" until the frustration and indignity of seeing the Golden Panthers of FIU beat Jeff Godfrey-led UCF in 2011 fades a bit from my mind.

[2] See footnote 1. Sigh.