UCF adds Florida A&M to complete 2020 non-conference football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The UCF Knights have added the Florida A&M Rattlers to complete their 2020 non-conference football schedule, the school announced on Tuesday.

UCF will host Florida A&M at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on October 10, 2020. The game will mark the third overall meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.

UCF and Florida A&M met in Orlando to open the 2019 season on Thursday, August 29. The Knights blanked the Rattlers in that contest, 62-0, behind 694 yards of total offense (356 passing, 338 rushing). UCF’s defense held Florida A&m to a mere 92 yards through the air and only four yards on the ground.

In their first meeting on the gridiron in 1987, Florida A&M defeated UCF 19-14 at home in Tallahassee.

The UCF Knights are scheduled to open the 2020 season at home against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The contest, originally contracted for Sept. 12, was moved up to Week 1 and will be played on either Thursday, Sept. 3 or Friday, Sept. 4.

UCF’s other two non-conference contests in 2020 are against the FIU Panthers at home on Sept. 12 and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept. 19.

Due to UConn’s upcoming departure from the American Athletic Conference, UCF’s conference opponents for the 2020 season will be announced at a later date. Per UCF’s release today, “…specific opponents will be announced in early 2020.”

Florida A&M, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), now has two non-conference opponents set for the 2020 season. The Rattlers are also slated to play at the Southern Jaguars on Sept. 12.

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The final countdown. UConn options for 2020 slimming down…

Based on publicly available information…

UConn current 2020 schedule: Indiana / @Illinois / Mass / Maine

UConn must add eight games to 2020 schedule (two must be home games). UConn September 2020 schedule is complete. So all eight games must be scheduled for Oct-Nov. (unless a bunch of swapping happens)

FBS programs still in need of 2020 OOC games:
Need a P5 opponent (1): SMU [vs TCU?]
Need a G5 opponent (1): TCU [vs SMU?]
Need a FCS opponent (7): TCU / Texas Tech / VT / AF / USM / ODU / UAB

Available Hawaii exceptions (5): UCLA / Boise St / UNLV / Nev / NM St

If all the above seven programs needing a FCS opponent schedule up with UConn in 2020, then UConn needs one more game. Rather than a game against a FBS program with an available Hawaii Exception, UConn would be more likely to schedule a game against another FCS opponent (making for two games against FCS opponents in 2020).

I await the big 2020 schedule announcement from UConn.

Kevin, With UConn being a state institution, can you obtain any updated UConn schedule info via a state public records request?

Both Army and Liberty have two FCS opponents scheduled for 2020. Maybe one of those games will be postponed?

As someone who’s from CT and still follows UCONN (mostly Bball) I can see them loading up on FCS teams next year. Being as bad as they are they won’t be going to a bowl game next year.

Minus well schedule URI, Holy Cross, UNH and get some wins. At least those games would be close.

What’s your source for the UNC game date change? UCF has not mentioned anything about that, the game was previously scheduled for Sept 5th on this website as well as the UNC/UCF press release.

I know that with U-Conn leaving the AAC at this late date it is tough to find opponents, I am of course not sure what other options they have, not sure who would really want to play UCF, but UCF at this point needs to have a tougher opponent than Florida A&M.