In news certain to please UCF fans, the Knights and the Yellow Jackets have now agreed to a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2020. The September 16, 2017 game is at home for the Knights, with the trip to Atlanta coming on September 19, 2020.
There's a lot of potential for interesting story lines as the game gets closer. George O'Leary was the head coach for the Yellow Jackets from 1995 to 2001 and had been the defensive coordinator for GT's 1990 national championship team (by way of the UPI poll -- Colorado has a claim to 1990 by virtue of its AP title). There are other connections, too -- Offensive Coordinator Brent Key (future UCF head coach?) played at GT and was a graduate assistant. Defensive Coordinator Chuck Bresnahan was also a grad assistant for the Yellow Jackets. And Athletic Director Todd Stansbury played at GT and was later an associate athletic director there. The connections are many.
This is welcome news for a UCF program that has struggled of late in scheduling P5 opponents. And it means that the 2017 out of conference schedule shapes up particularly well for the Knights. In addition to GT at home, UCF will go on the road to Texas (a great road trip, of course) and Maryland. The Knights will also play FIU at home (which we love because every "ought to be a cupcake" out of conference game should be against an in-state foe).
The Knights are 0-3 against the Yellow Jackets, with all of those losses coming at Georgia Tech.