The Knights are back for season two with Scott Frost. UCF has a unique schedule that features 11 home games; four of which are in September. The 2017 season kicks off on September 2nd, against FIU at Bright House Networks Stadium. September 9th, the earliest game in program history, will be against Memphis. For a third time in a row, UCF will meet Georgia Tech on September 16th. Last season, the Knights fell to Maryland in a saddening overtime loss of 30 – 24. UCF will have the opportunity to conquer the Terrapins in College Park on September 23rd. The boys will be back home to take on Maine on September 30th.
The multiple home games should be a great selling point for the luxury end-zone cabanas that will be introduced this season. UCF will be rolling out tents with resort-style furnishing, televisions and food, for $22,000 each. The suites occupy 12 people; it includes tickets and parking passes. 9 of the 18 cabanas have already been sold according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.
UCF will play against conference rival, Cincinnati, on October 7th. Last season, the Knights pummeled Cincinnati 24 – 3. Hopefully, history will get a chance to repeat itself. Homecoming week will feature a game against East Carolina, another conference team that UCF beat 47 – 29 in 2016. On October 21st, UCF will face Navy in Annapolis, MD.
Bye week does not come until late, in week 8. However, with there being so many home games in September, the black and gold should not be as fatigued from travel. Though, 5 games in September is seems excessive.
UCF will return to the state of Texas, but this time to play SMU on November 4th. The #UCFSalutes Military appreciation game will be on November 11th against UConn. To close out the season, UCF will try to redeem itself against Temple on November 18th in Philadelphia. The longtime War On I-4 Battle against USF will commence at home for a Black Friday game on November 24th.
The Knights came a long way from 0 – 12 to 6 – 7. There has been criticism of the team, more specifically Coach Frost, after their loss at the Cure Bowl that took place in Orlando. UCF did quite well in recruiting with retaining some forceful players, including a last-minute steal of four-star recruit, Cordarrian Richardson. Hopefully, fans can begin to see an explosive offense from Frost. Coupled with UCF’s defense which is FBS ranked 39th overall, the Knights should look to make more headlines.