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3 Reasons Boise State and UCF Will Give Fans the Best Home-and-Home Series We've Seen in a Long Time

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 20: Head Coach Troy Calhoun of the Air Force Falcons encourages his team during second half action against the Boise State Broncos on September 20, 2019 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 30-19. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, it was announced that the Central Florida Knights and Boise State Broncos agreed to insert a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2023. The Knights will host the Broncos in the 2021 season opener at Spectrum Stadium, and UCF will appear on The Blue in September of 2023.

The two Group 5 programs have been competing for national attention in recent years, and now, they'll finally get to battle it out on the gridiron. With that in mind, here a few reasons why this series promises to be one of legitimate interest for college football fans around the nation.

3. Both Programs Are Always Relevant and Winning

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Josh Heupel of the UCF Knights watches the action during the first half of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl - LSU v Central Florida | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

You know the best way to spice up a good rivalry? Staying in the national discussion. UCF and Boise State have done just that in unison for the better part of a decade, and both sides will play with an extra edge as they strive to knock one another down a peg or two in this new tilt.

2. Both Programs Beefed Up Their Schedule

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 20: Running back Robert Mahone #34 of the Boise State Broncos runs for a late touchdown during second half action against the Air Force Falcons on September 20, 2019 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 30-19. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)
Air Force v Boise State | Loren Orr/Getty Images

Boise State is perhaps the most prestigious Group of 5 program in the nation, as they've breached 10 or more wins in eight of the last 10 campaigns and even managed to score a famous bowl upset over Oklahoma back in the BCS days. The Knights have done just fine themselves recently, playing in major bowl games as recently as 2013, 2017, and 2018. What better way to squash the widely popular narrative that both schools have lousy schedules than to arrange a matchup with one another? Count us IN.

1. Group of 5 Bragging Rights

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 21: Gabriel Davis #13 of the UCF Knights celebrates with Dillon Gabriel #11 after 10-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on September 21, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
Central Florida v Pittsburgh | Justin Berl/Getty Images

How many years running have Boise State and UCF been scrapping it out to be named in the Group of 5's top representative in a New Year's Six bowl game? This campaign is no different, as the No. 16 Broncos surpassed the No. 22 Knights in this week's Top 25 poll after UCF's gut-wrenching loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Given that narrative, the upcoming fixtures are set up to be sheer thrillers.