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UCF Football vs. Florida Kickoff Time Announced for 2024

UCF Knights defensive back Corey Thornton (14) throws a face mask on Florida Gators quarterback Emory Jones (5). The Gators lead 10-9 over the Central Florida Knights at the half in the Gasparilla Bowl Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. [Doug Engle/Ocala Star-Banner]2021

On Tuesday, ESPN announced the approximate start times for the entire 2024 SEC football season, and a few of those games pertain to matchups with Big 12 opponents.

One of those matchups is between the UCF Knights and the Florida Gators, who are set to clash on Saturday, October 5. The Week 6 matchup will pit two teams hoping to assert themselves as programs on the rise and will be vital in terms of credibility in the Sunshine State.

Well, there will be plenty of eyes on this game because ESPN has given the Knights and Gators the night slot. This means they’ll kick off from Gainesville between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. local time.


This prime-time game in The Swamp is destined to have an electric environment, and for that alone, it will be must-see TV.

UCF Football added that the official kick time will be announced on September 23, just two weeks ahead of the game.

Despite their proximity, this will be just the fourth matchup between Florida and UCF all-time. The Gators hold the series lead with two wins—a 58-27 victory in 1999 and a 42-0 shutout in 2006.


Meanwhile, it’s UCF that has the winning streak coming into this game, as the Knights beat UF 29-17 in the 2021 Gasparilla Bowl.

This will be UCF’s third trip to Gainesville, while Florida has yet to play a game in Orlando. This home-and-home series will change that, though, as Florida will make its first-ever trip to the Bounce House in 2030 before UCF completes the 2-for-1 series by returning to Gainesville in 2033.

FanDuel currently has Florida as a 2.5-point home favorite over UCF, which says a lot about where these two programs are now compared to the last time the Knights traveled to Gainesville.

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