The UCF Knights and the Pittsburgh Panthers have agreed to home-and-home football games in 2018 and 2019. The Knights have the first of the games on September 29, 2018. UCF travels to Pitt in 2019.
That means the non-conference slate for the next two years shapes up nicely. In 2018, UCF has games against UNC (like Pitt, also in the ACC's Coastal division) and an FAU team that maybe will have Lane Kiffin as a head coach still. In addition to Pitt, the Knights host Stanford and play at FAU in 2019.
UCF and Pitt have little (but some!) history. They played in 2006 and the Knights got crushed 52-7. It was a nightmare from the beginning: Pitt returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The Knights had their first - of many - turnovers on the subsequent possession. It led to another touchdown, and the Knights never threatened. It was a Friday night game on ESPN. Sigh.
We're always happy to see UCF schedule seemingly winnable home-and-home games against P5 opponents. Pitt's been pretty decent the last couple years (hey, they beat Clemson this season) but haven't been better than 8-5 since 2009.