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UCF Debuts Its Inaugural Big 12 Football Schedule for 2023

Exciting times ahead for UCF, as in just over seven months, the UCF Knights will play their first football game in the Power 5 as a member of the Big 12 Conference.


The Knights will kick off with a pair of blockbuster assignments, with the Knights' first two league contests coming against the two most recent Big 12 champions.


UCF travels to Manhattan, Kansas, for its conference opener Sept. 23 against 2022 Big 12 champion Kansas State. A week later the Knights play their first Big 12 home game (Sept. 30) with a date against 2021 Big 12 champion Baylor at FBC Mortgage Stadium.


UCF Knights FBC Mortgage Stadium

The UCF home conference slate features contests versus Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Houston. The Knights' Big 12 road game list includes Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma (most recently Big 12 champion in 2015-16-17-18-19-20), Cincinnati and Texas Tech.


Eight of UCF's nine Big 12 games come against teams that played in postseason bowl games following the 2022 season—including Texas Bowl champion Texas Tech and Independence Bowl champion Houston.


All six UCF road games in 2023 are against teams that played in bowl games to finish 2022. The lone team on the UCF schedule that finished in the final 2022 polls is Big 12 champion Kansas State, which was ninth in the final CFP rankings and 14th in the final Associated Press poll after all the bowl games.


UCF's previously announced non-conference slate includes home games against Kent State (Thursday, Aug. 31) and Villanova (Sept. 16) and a challenging Sept. 9 road assignment at Boise State, 10-4 and winner of the Frisco Bowl in 2022.


The Villanova home game (Sept. 16) will be Family Weekend, and the West Virginia game (Oct. 28) will be Homecoming.


Kickoff times for the first three weeks of the season will be announced this summer. The Big 12 will publish the remainder of kickoff times on a regular basis throughout the fall, on either a 12- or six-day turnaround from week to week.


In terms of Big 12 foes, UCF will meet Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech for the first time. The Knights are 0-1 vs. Kansas State (0-1 in Manhattan), 1-0 vs. Baylor (Fiesta Bowl win in 2013 season), 0-2 vs. West Virginia (0-1 in Orlando), 4-4 vs. Cincinnati (1-3 in Cincinnati) and 7-3 vs. Houston (4-2 in Orlando).


Against its non-league opponents, UCF is 2-2 vs. Kent State (1-1 in Orlando—a win in 2002, a loss in 2004), 1-0 vs. Boise State (a win in Gus Malzahn's first game as UCF coach in 2021) and 1-0 vs. Villanova (a home win in 2006).


Here is the complete 2023 UCF football schedule:


Aug. 31 vs. Kent State

Sept. 9 at Boise State

Sept. 16 vs. Villanova

Sept. 23 at Kansas State

Sept. 30 vs. Baylor

Oct. 7 at Kansas

Oct. 21 at Oklahoma

Oct. 28 vs. West Virginia

Nov. 4 at Cincinnati

Nov. 11 vs. Oklahoma State

Nov. 18 at Texas Tech

Nov. 25 vs. Houston


The Big 12 Championship Game is Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas.


UCF Knights FBC Mortgage Stadium

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