UCF's highly anticipated game against South Carolina will kick off at noon Sept. 28 at Bright House Networks Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN or ESPNU.
The Knights are coming off arguably the biggest win of coach George O'Leary's tenure, knocking off Penn State in Happy Valley.
As of Sunday, the UCF-South Carolina contest was nearly sold out.
"I love playing in the afternoon," UCF coach George O'Leary said during his weekly teleconference. "I love playing in the daylight. I know our team does, too. I think it’ll be great for our fanbase. There's a lot of excitement. South Carolina is a great football team and obviously I just starting to watch tape, but they have an awful lot of good athletes out there. It’ll be a good match-up. We're going to have to play extremely well."
The Gamecocks are ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press top 25 poll and No. 13 in the USA Today coaches' poll. UCF is receiving votes in both polls, unofficially coming in at No. 28 in the AP poll and No. 31 in the coaches' poll.
It is the seventh time the Knights will host a top-15 team and the third time a top-15 team will visit Bright House Networks Stadium.
According to fbschedules.com, UCF-South Carolina may be competing with Oklahoma State at West Virginia and Miami at USF for the ABC and ESPN slots.
UCF and South Carolina both have byes this week, giving them ample time to prepare for the matchup.
The Gamecocks lead the all-time series against the Knights 3-0. It is the first time South Carolina will play UCF in Orlando.
The noon kickoff already had some fans speculating about high temperatures, but O'Leary emphasized how critical it was to pack the stadium.
"[At Penn State] how much do you think the fan base was involved? It was incredible ... their student body and fan base, it was loud. It was louder on the field. That’s what you have to get to whether it's a noon game or 7 p.m. game or 8 p.m. game, it’s that we’re playing a game that's important. No question the fans will be there and they need to be loud because I think it’s a great, great help as far as the athletes are concerned."