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UCF Announces Future Football Games, Including Series with Pitt and Northwestern

Panthers and Wildcats join Florida and North Carolina as upcoming Power Conference series on UCF football schedules

by Justin Wilson

ORLANDO – UCF Athletics announced Thursday that the Knights have agreed to future home-and-home football series with Pitt and Northwestern, beginning with a matchup against the Panthers in 2026.
Here are the dates and sites for the series:
- Sept. 12, 2026: UCF at Pitt – Acrisure Stadium (Formerly known as Heinz Field) in Pittsburgh
- Sept. 15, 2029: Pitt vs. UCF – FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando

- Sept. 9, 2028: UCF at Northwestern – Ryan Field in Chicago
- Sept. 6, 2031: Northwestern vs. UCF – FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando

“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.”

UCF and Pitt have met three times in the history of the programs with the Panthers owning a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. The two last met during the 2019 season when the Knights came up short by one point, 35-34, in Pittsburgh. UCF defeated Pitt 45-14 in Orlando in 2018 during the Knights’ historic 25-game winning streak.

The 2028 game will be the first meeting between UCF and Northwestern.

UCF also announced additional games on the Knights’ upcoming schedule. Below is a look at future seasons schedules with Big 12 opponents through 2028.

Non-Conference: Jacksonville State, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina
Home: Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma State, West Virginia
Away: Baylor, BYU, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Texas Tech

Non-Conference: Bethune-Cookman, at Pitt, UMass
Home: Arizona State, Baylor, BYU, Iowa State, TCU
Away: Colorado, Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma State

Non-Conference: at North Carolina, UT Martin, Louisiana
Home: Cincinnati, Colorado, Kansas State, Texas Tech
Away: Arizona, Baylor, Iowa State, Utah, West Virginia

Non-Conference: Maine, at Northwestern, Florida Atlantic

Non-Conference: James Madison, Pitt

Non-Conference: Florida

Non-Conference: Northwestern

Non-Conference: at Florida

Future opponents