UCF football filled its last open 2015 nonconference game date after a lengthy courting process. The Knights will host Furman University on Saturday, Sept. 19, as revealed in the team's schedule released Thursday morning.
Furman, an FCS school based in Greenville, S.C., certainly isn't the sexiest opponent. The school was targeting a Power 5 school for the schedule, but could not find a match to meet the Knights' desire for a two-game, road-home series.
The Knights are already booked to play nonconference road games against Stanford (Sept. 12) and South Carolina (Sept. 26). UCF will also host Florida International University Sept. 5.
The final nonconference game was the only big question looming over the Knights' 2015 schedule, with the other nonconference games and American Athletic Conference pairings were released earlier.
Unlike last season's unorthodox schedule, which included three bye weeks, five Thursday and Friday contests and a trip to Ireland, UCF returned to a more straight-forward schedule for the 2015 season. All, but two games fall on Saturday, with two primetime spots against East Carolina (Thursday, Nov. 19) and rival USF (Friday, Nov. 27).
One major change to the American's schedule this season is the addition of a conference championship game Saturday, Dec. 5, at one of the sites of the division winners. The Navy football team will compete in the league this year, giving the AAC the necessary 12 teams for East and West divisions. UCF and Memphis shared a piece of the American title last season.
The Knights, who compete in the East division, will challenge for their third consecutive conference title but can expect to get some tough competition from first-time opponent Cincinnati, led by veteran coach Tommy Tuberville. UCF plays at Cincinnati Oct. 31 in what could be another fateful cold-weather game. The Knights lost a 37-29 decision to UConn last season on Nov. 1.
Here's a look at the schedule
Saturday, Sept. 5 - FIU
Saturday, Sept. 12 - at Stanford
Satuday, Sept. 19 - Furman (Parents weekend)
Saturday, Sept. 26 - at South Carolina
Satuday, Oct. 3 - at Tulane
Saturday, Oct. 10 – UConn
Saturday, Oct. 17 – at Temple
Saturday, Oct. 24 – Houston (homecoming)
Saturday, Oct. 31 – at Cincinnati
Saturday, Nov. 7 – at Tulsa
Thursday, Nov. 19 – East Carolina on ESPN
Friday, Nov. 27 – USF
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