UCF announced Thursday that it has added another game to the schedule against Austin Peay on October 28th.
We’ve got more home 🏈 for you in 2017 🙌
— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) September 21, 2017
That weekend had previously been set as UCF’s bye week, but with Hurricane Irma wiping out two games against Memphis (rescheduled for September 30th) and Georgia Tech, UCF had to fill the October bye to make season ticket holders slightly more whole with a six-game home schedule.
Austin Peay is an FCS school from the Ohio Valley Conference, and they are not exactly powerhouse competition. Their last winning season was in 2007. I can’t even find their history on SportsReference.com.
Last week, they snapped a Division I-long 29-game losing streak with a 69-13 win over Morehead State. The students tore down the goalposts.
UCF has played Austin Peay twice before, in 1983 and 1984.
The 10-7 victory in Clarksville in 1983 was the Knights’ first-ever win over an FCS (then Division I-AA) opponent. UCF was in Division II at the time. Lou Saban was the head coach, and the Knights went 5-6 that year.
In 1984, Saban resigned after seven games, and Jerry Anderson took over. Following a win in his first game as UCF’s interim head coach at home against Illinois State, the Knights lost to APSU by a field goal the following week in the Citrus Bowl, which started a three-game season-ending losing streak. The Knights finished 2-9, and Gene McDowell was then hired to take over the program.
The addition of Austin Peay gives UCF six home games (down from the original seven) and 11 total games on the season. This game effectively takes the place of the Maine game as a home match-up against an FCS team.
According to the release, UCF had to obtain a waiver from the NCAA in order to schedule the game.
No kick-off time has been announced, nor has there been a mention of TV coverage.