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
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 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
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.