The change erases a crucial road test against an established Cincinnati program and replaces it with a Memphis team that UCF has dominated in recent seasons. The Knights have won eight consecutive games against Memphis, dating back to 2005. Their lone loss in the series was in 1990.
According to the release, instead of playing Boise State and San Diego State, Temple plays Cincinnati and Louisville, SMU plays Rutgers and Cincinnati, Memphis plays UCF and UConn, and Houston plays Louisville and Cincinnati. USF was the only school that did not have a change in schedule.
The eight-game Big East schedule allows conference members to keep their four-game out-of-conference schedule intact for the coming seasons. That’s an important note for UCF, which is looking to upgrade its own out-of-conference slate.
The Knights are currently scheduled to play home games against South Carolina, Akron and Bethune-Cookman and at FIU. The school is in talks, however, with three ACC programs and has been in touch with Big 12 and Big Ten schools about their interest in upgrading the schedule, according to an administrative source.
Those talks are expected to accelerate in the next week or two as UCF looks to finalize its 2013 schedule.