As soon as UCF’s 25-game winning streak came to an end on Jan. 1 with a Fiesta Bowl loss to LSU, focus shifted to rebounding and starting a new streak.
The American Athletic Conference released full schedules for the 2019 season on Thursday, which means the Knights now know how their full slate will unfold. The team returns to Spectrum Stadium to kick off the season against Florida A&M in week one. Right now, that contest is scheduled for Aug. 29 (Thursday), though the schedule notes that the game could be moved back to Aug. 31 (Saturday).
UCF hits the road for the first time in week two, visiting FAU in Boca Raton on Sept. 7. The team’s marquee non-conference home game will take place on Sept. 14 when Stanford comes to Orlando. Non-conference play will wrap up on Sept. 21 with a road game against Pittsburgh.
The Knights start their quest for a third straight conference championship on Sept. 28, hosting the UConn Huskies. From there, UCF plays four of its final seven games on the road. Two of those (Cincinnati on Oct. 4 and Tulsa on Nov. 8) are Friday night matchups. UCF has one open date in October (Oct. 12) and another in November (Nov. 16).
The month of November will begin with UCF’s annual Space Game, as the Knights host the Houston Cougars on Nov. 2. After two road games with a bye week mixed in, UCF closes its 2019 regular season with the annual War on I-4 rivalry matchup on Black Friday. The Knights will be looking for their third straight win over the Bulls.
Should it win its division for a third consecutive year, UCF will play in the AAC Championship Game on Dec. 7.
The full 2019 schedule can be seen below:
Aug. 29 (or Aug. 31): vs. Florida A&M (Season Opener)
Sept. 7: at FAU
Sept. 14: vs. Stanford
Sept. 21: at Pittsburgh
Sept. 28: vs. UConn* (Family Weekend)
Oct. 4: at Cincinnati*
Oct. 19: vs. East Carolina* (Homecoming)
Oct. 26: at Temple*
Nov. 2: vs. Houston* (Space Game)
Nov. 8: at Tulsa*
Nov. 23: at Tulane*
Nov. 29: vs. South Florida* (War on I-4)
Dec. 7: AAC Championship Game