This Saturday, the UCF Knights will play on Fox at 4 p.m. at Kansas with Jason Benetti, Brock Huard, and Allison Williams. In a stunning turn of events, they will be on-site in Lawrence.
This will be the first time that the Knights play on Fox. This timeslot will be one of the Big 12’s prime TV slots moving forward, especially in 2024 when CBS will carry Big Ten games and ABC will carry SEC games in the same time slot.
This Saturday’s game at Kansas is by far the best TV slot of the season to date. I predict this will be one of the top two most-watched UCF games of the regular season. The game will finish a distant third in the 3:30-4:00 p.m. game blocks behind Alabama at Texas A&M on CBS and Virginia Tech at Florida State on ABC.
But it will draw bigger than UCF Football’s Big 12 home opener vs. Baylor on FS1 last Saturday, which drew an average of 340,000 viewers, according to SportsMediaWatch.com.
I do not expect good viewership for UCF’s games against West Virginia, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, or Houston. I expect some FS1, ESPN2/U, or ESPN Plus slots for the majority of those games. But I also think the Knights’ October 21st game at Oklahoma will likely be the most-viewed UCF game nationally this season, if it gets a Fox or ESPN/ABC slot, which will in part if Oklahoma beats Texas this Saturday.
CFB: UCF at Kansas (4:00p Saturday on FOX). Prediction: 1.256M.
UCF Women's Soccer On ESPNU
T-1️⃣ month to launch pic.twitter.com/sPH2nqqBmm— UCF Women's Soccer (@UCF_WSoccer) September 5, 2023
Thursday marks a historic day for UCF Women's Soccer as it will have a regular season telecast on an ESPN linear channel for the first time in program history, as the Knights host Texas.
UCF Volleyball will also have its first regular season match on ESPN linear channel with an October 22 match at Baylor on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Look for UCF Softball and Baseball to get more exposure in the spring as the Big 12 has lots of baseball and softball on ESPN linear channels.