Courtesy UCF Athletics Communications

UCF Football set to play Pittsburgh in 2018 and 2019 seasons


After finishing the 2016-2017 season with a 6-7 record, garnering a spot in the AutoNation Cure Bowl and sparking nation-wide attention after making headlines focusing on stories such as first year head coach Scott Frost and defensive sensation Shaquem Griffin, the Knights decided they weren’t done making waves yet.

On Thursday afternoon, UCF Athletics Communications announced that UCF and Pittsburgh have agreed to a home and home series where the two football programs will play host to each other. The first of the two matches will take place in Orlando when the Knights will host the Panthers on Sept. 29, 2018, then traveling to Pittsburgh for an away match on Sept. 21, 2019.

The only time these two teams have met prior was when the Panthers took home a win over the Knights back in the 2006 Citrus Bowl. Pittsburgh will be team No. 11 from the ACC that the Knights will have faced with previous wins coming from Boston College, Louisville and NC State.

Last year, while the Knights marched back home after a disappointing loss in their bowl game, Pittsburgh went through similar sorrows, falling to Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl after going 8-5 and being the only team last year to beat the recently named national champions, the Clemson Tigers.

Earlier in 2016, UCF also made plans to play North Carolina. The Knights will visit the Tar Heels in 2018 before hosting them in 2020.


Evan Abramson is sports editor for the Central Florida Focus. You can follow him on Twitter at @Evan_Abramson and email him at