After playing one of the best schedules in program history, UCF will face a decidedly less attractive conference slate in 2014.

The Knights will host SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa this fall, while traveling to UConn, East Carolina, Houston and rival USF. Arguably the Knights toughest two American Athletic Conference games will come away from home, as they travel to Houston and East Carolina.

The American is a new-look conference again this season, with Louisville and Rutgers headed to the ACC and Big Ten, respectively. UCF played both schools last season. 

One team they did not face during their 2013 Fiesta Bowl run was Cincinnati, and UCF will avoid the Bearcats again in 2014. That disappointed fans on both sides of the potential match-up, as the Knights and Cincinnati are largely considered the preseason favorites for the conference crown.

UCF played Temple and SMU in 2013, narrowly winning both games on the road. J.J. Worton's catch provided the lift that led to UCF to a 39-36 win in Philadelphia, while Blake Bortles guided the Knights to a frigid, championship-securing 17-13 win in Dallas to close out the 2013 regular season. The Knights also downed USF last season at home and beat the Cougars, 19-14, though Houston brings back talented freshman quarterback John O'Korn. 

UCF lost to Tulsa twice in 2012 when both were members of Conference USA. Both losses, including the conference championship game, came on the road. East Carolina finished 10-3 in 2013, including a win over North Carolina and a five-point loss to Virginia Tech.

The Knights are set to play BYU at home on Oct. 11 in non-conference play, as well as a likely Football Championship Subdivision opponent. UCF opens the season against Penn State in Dublin, Ireland on Aug. 30 and will travel to play Missouri on Sept. 13.

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