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Big 12 Opener at Kansas State Is UCF’s Most-Watched Game on FS1

The Knights’ loss at Kansas State draws 531,000 viewers

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The UCF Knights’ 44-31 loss at Kansas State on Fox Sports 1 was watched by 531,000 viewers according to It is the most-watched UCF game ever on FS1.

It is also the first UCF regular season game to break 500,000 viewers since the 2022 home game against Navy (610,000), which aired on ESPN2.

This Saturday’s UCF Big 12 home opener against Baylor will also air on FS1 at 3:30 p.m. with Eric Collins and Devin Gardner on the call once again. Collins and Gardner have been assigned to all four Knights games on FS1 this season. That is the most UCF games a national broadcast team has called in a single season ever.

ESPN’s broadcast team of Roy Philpott and Kelly Stouffer called three UCF games in the 2019 season.

The good news for the Knights is after this weekend, the exposure will likely grow for UCF with different broadcasters who will actually be on site for the game.

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Could Tim Brando be calling UCF’s first broadcast on Fox on October 7?
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UCF’s October 7th game at Kansas will air on FOX at 4 p.m. It will be the first time a UCF sporting event will air on the Fox broadcast network. UCF will likely get a broadcast team of either Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman, Jason Benetti and Brock Huard, or Jeff Levering and Mark Helfrich.

The game against the Jayhawks has a chance to be the first regular season UCF game to draw nearly a million viewers since the October 29, 2022 home game against Cincinnati. UCF’s game at Oklahoma on October 21st should also get a good TV timeslot if the Sooners keep winning.