The highly touted “War on I-4” matchup between USF (8-1, 5-1 AAC) and UCF (9-0, 6-0 AAC) is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Black Friday at Orlando’s Spectrum Stadium.
The rivalry game will be broadcast nationally on ABC — marking a huge opportunity for the Bulls and the Knights to showcase their program on a major network. The contest is expected to determine the American Athletic Conference’s East Division champion.
If USF defeats Tulsa at home Thursday night, the Nov. 24 match-up would have the winner of the game clinch the American Athletic Conference East Division title and advance to the league championship game.
UCF continued their undefeated streak with a 49-24 win over UConn (2-5, 3-7) on Saturday. Saturday, the Knights will face Temple in Philadelphia.
USF has won the previous two meetings in blowout fashion, and the Knights will potentially be looking for payback, after the Bulls scored a meaningless extra TD in the final seconds to add on to their victory a year ago.
That led to a heated exchange by some assistant coaches at midfield from both schools. Willie Taggart and most of his staff, obviously left USF for Oregon. And now, Charlie Strong, and his staff get to be part of the next match up in Orlando.
Another highly anticipated Thanksgiving-week game is the classic rivalry between Florida (3-6, 3-5 SEC) and FSU (3-6, 3-5 ACC) on Nov. 25.
The action is set to kick off at noon in Gainesville, and will be televised on ESPN.
The Noles have won the match-up the last four seasons. However, this year has posed a new set of challenges for both teams who currently have a 3-6 record.
The Gators are out of bowl contention, but they’ll look end the Noles’ nation-leading bowl streak of 36 games.
For FSU, however, a win could give their team a chance to contend for bowl eligibility if they win all three of their remaining games. The Seminoles will host Delaware State on Saturday at noon and will finish their season on Dec. 2 against Louisiana Monroe at home.