The NCAA has approved a replacement game for the UCF Knights. The university needed to fill the void on the schedule left in the wake of Hurricane Irma. In fact, the program lost two home games due to the hurricane, one against Georgia Tech and a contest against Maine that was bought out as a way for the team to play their full AAC conference slate.
Some confusion had set in for the Knights following all of this, as they still needed at least one game to tighten up the schedule. It is why it came as welcome news when the school announced that the NCAA approved a waiver and that Austin Peay is now scheduled to go to Orlando for a Oct. 28th contest.
“I can’t thank Oliver Luck and the staff at the NCAA enough for their help and understanding of our situation,” UCF athletic director Danny White said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate Austin Peay being willing to visit Spectrum Stadium. We’re thrilled for our student-athletes, who deserve every opportunity they can get to go out and compete. I know our fans will be excited about the opportunity to have another Saturday at Spectrum Stadium.”
For those unaware, Austin Peay is not exactly a world-beater of a program.
The Knights are currently 1-0 heading into their trip to play Maryland this Saturday. With the addition of an 11th game to their 2017 slate, UCF needs to go at least 6-5 in order to become bowl eligible as a result.