UCF schedules home-and-home football series with Pitt, Northwestern

By Kevin Kelley -

The UCF Knights have scheduled future home-and-home football series with the Pitt Panthers and Northwestern Wildcats, the school announced on Thursday.

UCF and Pitt will kickoff their home-and-home series at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2026. The Panthers will return the trip to take on the Knights three seasons later at FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2029.

In three previous meetings, Pitt leads the series with UCF 2-1. The two schools first met in 2006 and played most recently in 2019 in Pittsburgh, where the Panthers claimed the series lead with a 35-34 victory.

UCF will travel to take on the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2028 before the series shifts to Orlando for the second and final game of the series on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2031.

UCF and Northwestern have never squared off on the gridiron.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to Orlando from Pitt and Northwestern and the road games are fantastic cities for our fans to travel,” UCF vice president and director of athletics Terry Mohajir said. “Pennsylvania is currently ranked a top-five state UCF students come from and Chicago is home to one of our top alumni communities.

“With a nine-game Big 12 schedule, we’re very strategic in how we schedule each year. Our philosophy for non-conference has been to play a Power Four, a Group of Five team and an FCS program. As we navigate the analytics of the new College Football Playoff, we will continue to evaluate how we schedule.”

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Here is My educated guesses for Time & TV for first four weeks of 2024 Big Ten Football season.

Thursday August 29th

North Carolina at Minnesota Time:8:00PM TV:FOX or FS1

Eastern Illinois at Illinois Time:7:30PM TV:BTN

Saturday August 31st

Akron at Ohio State Time:Noon TV:FOX

Miami(OH) at Northwestern Time:Noon TV:BTN

Florida Atlantic at Michigan State Time:Noon TV:BTN

Florida International at Indiana Time:Noon TV:Peacock

Fresno State at Michigan Time:3:30PM TV:CBS

Penn State at West Virginina Time:3:30PM TV:FS1

Indiana State at Purdue Time:3:30PM TV:BTN

UConn at Maryland Time :3:30PM TV:BTN

Howard at Rutgers Time 3:30PM TV:Peacock

UTEP at Nebraska Time:7:00PM TV:FS1

Illinois State at Iowa Time:7:00PM TV:BTN

UCLA at Hawaii Time:7:30PM TV:CBS

Western Michigan at Wisconsin Time:7:30PM TV:NBC

Weber State at Washington Time:10:30PM TV:BTN

Idaho at Oregon Time:11:00PM TV:Peacock

Sunday September 1st

LSU vs USC in Las Vegas Time:7:30PM TV:ABC

Friday September 6th

Michigan State at Maryland Time:8:00PM TV:FOX or BTN

Saturday September 7th

Texas at Michigan Time:Noon TV:FOX

Kansas at Illinois Time:Noon TV:Peacock

Western Illinois at Indiana Time:Noon TV:BTN

South Dakota at Wisconsin Time:Noon TV:BTN

Duke at Northwestern Time:2:00PM TV:Peacock

Colorado at Nebraska Time:3:30PM TV:CBS

Western Michigan at Ohio State Time:3:30PM TV:FS1

Akron at Rutgers Time:3:30PM TV:BTN

Rhode Island at Minnesota Time:3:30PM TV:BTN

Iowa State at Iowa Time:7:00PM TV:FS1

Bowling Green at Penn State Time:7:00PM TV:BTN

Boise State at Oregon Time:7:30PM TV:NBC

Utah State at USC Time:10:30PM TV:BTN

Eastern Michigan at Washinton Time:11:00PM TV:Peacock

Friday September 13th

Washington vs Washinton State in Seattle Time:8:00PM TV:FOX

Saturday September 14th

Alabama at Wisconsin Time:Noon TV:FOX

Northern Iowa at Nebraska Time:Noon TV:BTN

Prairie View A&M at Michigan State Time:Noon TV:Peacock

Maryland at Virginia Time 2:00PM TV:CW

Notre Dame at Purdue Time:3:30PM TV:CBS

Eastern Illinois at Northwestern Time:3:30PM TV:BTN

Troy at Iowa Time:3:30PM TV:Peacock

Arkansas State at Michigan Time:7:00PM TV:FS1

Nevada at Minnesota Time:7:00PM TV:BTN

Central Michigan at Illinois Time:7:30PM TV:NBC

Oregon at Oregon State Time:10:30PM TV:FS1

Indiana at UCLA Time:10:30PM TV:BTN

Saturday September 21st

Illinois at Nebraska Time:Noon TV:FOX or FS1

Iowa at Minnesota Time:Noon TV:FOX or FS1

Villanova at Maryland Time:Noon TV:BTN

Marshall at Ohio State Time:Noon TV:Peacock

Michigan State at Boston College Time:Noon TV:ESPNU

Northwestern at Washington Time:3:30PM TV:CBS

Kent State at Penn State Time:3:30PM TV:BTN

Rutgers at Virginia Tech Time:3:30PM TV:ACCN

Purdue at Oregon State Time:7:00PM TV:FS1

USC at Michigan Time:7:30PM TV:NBC

Charlotte at Indiana Time:7:30PM TV:BTN