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FIU and UCF agree to a two-game series starting in 2020

UCF finally gets their home and home series. However, it’s against a G5 opponent in FIU.

Central Florida v Florida International
The last time these two programs met, UCF walked away with a 61-17 victory in Orlando.
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UCF athletic director Danny White has made much to do about his desire for a home and home series when scheduling out of conference opponents. He’s finally got one with UCF and FIU agreeing to play in 2020 and 2022, as first reported by Brett McMurphy of Stadium.

While it might not be the match-up that many Knights’ fans were looking for, the agreement does renew a rivalry of sorts between the two programs.

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton threw for 360 yards and four touchdown in the Knights’ victory over FIU in 2017.
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The last meeting saw UCF trounce FIU by a score of 61-17 in Butch Davis’ first game as FIU’s head coach.

The last FIU victory in this series was in 2015, when the Panthers stunned UCF in Orlando with a 15-14 win over the Knights.

Florida International v Central Florida
Alex McGough and the Panthers stunned UCF with a 15-14 victory in Orlando to start the 2015 season.
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That game was the start of a winless season for UCF, which resulted in George O’Leary’s resignation as head coach and athletic director.

The programs have met six times since 2011, with UCF holding a 4-2 all-time advantage over the Panthers.

FIU head coach Butch Davis spoke about the program and their future opponents during C-USA media days last week.

“I’m really confident that we’ll get a few games scheduled coming up soon. We’ve agreed to play Arkansas and Texas Tech, but those contracts haven’t been signed yet. But we’ve got some games in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to testing our kids against some top-notch talent,” said Davis.

The 2020 game is scheduled to take place at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, while the 2022 contest will be at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami.