UCF Knights Release 12-Game 2021 Football Schedule, Season Opens Sept. 2 at Home

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Knights open season vs. BOISE STATE at the Bounce House

Attractive non-conference matchups with Boise State and Louisville plus assignments against three teams that played in postseason bowl games to finish the 2020 campaign—2020 American Athletic Conference champion Cincinnati, 2019 AAC champion Memphis, and Tulane—highlight a 2021 UCF football schedule that includes seven home dates at the Bounce House. (UCF Knights image)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Attractive non-conference matchups with Boise State and Louisville plus assignments against three teams that played in postseason bowl games to finish the 2020 campaign—2020 American Athletic Conference champion Cincinnati, 2019 AAC champion Memphis, and Tulane—highlight a 2021 UCF football schedule that includes seven home dates at the Bounce House.

The American Athletic Conference in November 2019 announced league opponents for 2021 and today adds dates for all those 2021 contests.

The AAC by June 1 will announce the first three weekends of kickoff times and television details as well as those specifics for any midweek contests. Other kickoff times will be announced week to week this fall—on either a 12- or six-day turnaround.

UCF’s home slate for 2021 includes the winner of the 2020 Montgomery Bowl (Memphis), a Tulane team that participated in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and a Boise State team that played in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game.

Other home games are versus AAC foes East Carolina and South Florida plus Bethune-Cookman and Connecticut.

The Knights’ road agenda is highlighted by an Oct. 16 matchup with defending AAC champion Cincinnati (9-1 in 2020), a trip to SMU to face the Mustangs (7-3 in 2020) and games at Atlantic Coast Conference representative Louisville and AAC members Navy and Temple.

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Here’s the complete slate for the Knights in 2021:

Date Opponent Kickoff/TV

■ Sept. 2/3/4 BOISE STATE (5-2 in 2020) TBD/TBD

■ Sept. 11 BETHUNE COOKMAN (DNP in 2020) TBD/TBD

■ Sept. 17 (Fri.) @Louisville TBD/TBD

■ Sept. 25 Open Date

■ Oct. 2 @Navy* TBD/TBD

■ Oct. 9 EAST CAROLINA* TBD/TBD

■ Oct. 16 @Cincinnati* (9-1, Peach Bowl) TBD/TBD

■ Oct. 22 (Fri.) MEMPHIS* (8-3, won Montgomery Bowl) TBD/TBD

■ Oct. 30 @Temple* TBD/TBD

■ Nov. 6 TULANE* (6-6, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) TBD/TBD

■ Nov. 13 @SMU* (7-3) TBD/TBD

■ Nov. 20 CONNECTICUT (DNP in 2020) TBD/TBD

■ Nov. 26 (Fri.) SOUTH FLORIDA* TBD/TBD

■ Dec. 4 AAC Championship Game TBD/TBD

All dates and times are subject to change for television.

The Knights will travel to face Louisville for the third time overall (the teams split two previous games in Louisville—UCF winning in 2013 and the Cards in 1985). (UCF Knights image)

In non-league action, UCF will be meeting Boise State for the first time. The Knights will travel to face Louisville for the third time overall (the teams split two previous games in Louisville—UCF winning in 2013 and the Cards in 1985).

The Knights hold a 5-2 series edge over Connecticut—with the Huskies making their fifth trip to the Bounce House. UCF will play Bethune-Cookman for the 17th time (14 of 16 previous meetings in Orlando) and the first time since 2014.

The Knights lead that series 11-5 and have not lost since 1985.

Among 2021 AAC home opponents, East Carolina comes to Orlando for the ninth time (the Knights and Pirates have split the previous eight games) and faces UCF for the 20th time overall (ECU leads the overall series 10-9).

Memphis comes to town for the eighth time, having never won in Orlando (the last two visits were AAC Championship Games in 2017 and 2018).

The Knights lead the overall series 13-2. UCF is ahead in the overall series against Tulane 8-2, including 4-0 in Orlando. UCF and South Florida have split a dozen previous games—with the teams also splitting the half-dozen earlier games in Orlando.

In 2021 AAC road games for the Knights, UCF is 2-0 overall versus Navy—winning against the Midshipmen in 2017 in Annapolis. UCF and Cincinnati have split six previous games overall—with the Knights dropping two of three in Cincinnati.

UCF leads the Temple series 6-2—with the Knights winning three of four in Philadelphia. UCF is 8-1 versus SMU, including a 3-1 record in Dallas.

UCF sold its entire season-ticket allotment in 2019 for the first time in history, and the Knights expect to accomplish that again in 2021. Interested fans are encouraged to call 407-823-1000 or email tickets@athletics.ucf.edu.

For any games that are sold out, single-game ticket availability is based on returns from the visiting team allotment.

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