The BIG EAST Conference announced Tuesday the home and away opponents for the 2013 football season, and UCF will have an entertaining slate of games at Bright House Networks Stadium when it embarks on its first year in the league. The Knights will host in-state rival USF, Rutgers, Connecticut and Houston in 2013, while they will travel to Cincinnati, Louisville, SMU and Temple.

UCF Football’s BIG EAST Games in 2013

Home: Connecticut*, Houston, Rutgers* and USF*

Away: Cincinnati*, Louisville*, SMU and Temple

*East Division opponent

BIG EAST Conference Home Page

“With the home and away BIG EAST schedule coming out, I think it’s a very attractive, competitive schedule,” head coach George O’Leary said. “I’m looking forward to the BIG EAST and the competition involved.”

UCF’s non-conference home football schedule next season features South Carolina.

Plan your Saturdays with the Knights, and experience the inaugural BIG EAST campaign in the best-available seat locations at Bright House Networks stadium. To secure your 2013 season tickets, place a deposit for just $50 online or call 407-UCF-1000.

Place Your Depost for 2013 Season Tickets

Dates and times for all BIG EAST games will be released when they are finalized. UCF will not take on fellow BIG EAST members Boise State, San Diego State and Memphis next year. The East and West division winners, determined by final conference record, will meet in the first BIG EAST Football Championship Game, which will be played at the home site of one of the division winners.

All three schools which shared the BIG EAST title in 2012 are on the Knights’ schedule next season, as Cincinnati, Louisville and Rutgers tied with 5-2 league marks. Louisville claimed the BIG EAST’s automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series as it will rumble with Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

UCF currently is getting ready for its trip to the Beef `O’ Brady’s Bowl where it will take on Ball State Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The Knights are 9-4 and claimed the Conference USA East Division title for the fourth time in eight seasons in the league. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are 9-3 with all three defeats coming to teams with two losses or less (Northern Illinois, Kent State, Clemson).

To purchase tickets to the 2012 Beef `O’ Brady’s Bowl, contact the UCF Ticket Office at (407) UCF-1000 or click on Also check out for all of the events during bowl week in St. Petersburg.

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