Tough Road Schedule for UCF Football in 2016

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Panorama of Bright House Networks Stadium during the 2013 UConn game (Photo: Jeff Sharon)

The American released the 2016 conference football schedule, thereby filling out UCF’s remaining schedule for the upcoming season.

Here are the dates and opponents with some notes (NOTE: Times have not been released for any games just yet):

2016 UCF Football Schedule

DateDayOpponentLocation2015 RecordSeries
September 3Sat.South Carolina StateHOME7-41-0
September 10Sat.MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.10-31st Meeting
September 17Sat.MarylandHOME3-91st Meeting
September 24Sat.FIUMiami, Fla.5-72-2
October 1Sat.East CarolinaGreenville, N.C.5-74-10
October 7Fri.TulaneHOME3-95-2
October 15Sat.TempleHOME10-42-1
October 22Sat.UConnStorrs, Conn.6-71-2
October 29Sat.HoustonHouston, Texas13-15-2
November 5BYE WEEK
November 12Sat.CincinnatiHOME7-60-1
November 19Sat.TulsaHOME6-73-6
November 26Sat.South FloridaTampa, Fla.8-52-5
December 3Sat.AAC Championship GameTBD--


  • Only one game is currently scheduled for a non-Saturday date (Friday, October 7th at home vs. Tulane).
  • Combined records of home opponents: 36-39
  • Combined records of road opponents: 47-30
  • The Cincinnati game is both schools’ first-ever meeting in Orlando.
  • Three opponents are coming of double-digit win seasons (Michigan, Temple and Houston).
  • Two non-conference games are against Big Ten opponents (Michigan and Maryland).
  • Family Weekend is September 17th vs. Maryland.
  • Homecoming is October 15th vs. Temple.
  • The Tulane game (because it’s on a Friday) will likely be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
  • The lack of mid-week games on national TV is a function of UCF going 0-12 last year.

Instant Breakdown

I alluded to this on The Knightline Podcast last Friday, but based on a cursory examination of the schedule, here’s how I’m predicting the slate will go for UCF, six and a half long months ahead of time:

Likely Wins: South Carolina St., FIU, Tulane, Tulsa,

Likely Losses: Michigan, Houston

Toss-ups: Maryland, East Carolina, Temple, UConn, Cincinnati, South Florida

So the worst-case scenario I’m looking at here is 4-8, while the stars-and-planets-aligning-everything-going-right-four-leaf-clover-in-our-armor best-case scenario could be as good as 10-2.

What say you? Tell us exactly which games you think UCF will win in 2016 in the poll below (You can select more than one, of course).

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