The Central Florida Golden Knights and South Florida Bulls’ rivalry may not be the biggest and best rivalry in all of college football, but don’t tell that to their fans. The game has only been played six times, but with only a few hundred miles separating the two schools, there has always been bad blood between the two teams.
South Florida began playing football at the Division I-AA level (now FCS) in 1997. Since then, the two schools had discussed playing a game. When the Bulls moved up to Division I-A in 2001, the talks were amped up to eleven. Fans wanted to see the game and from 2005-2008, the fans got their wish.
The teams took a four-year hiatus, but since both teams moved into the same conference in 2013, they have played and will play each other every season for the foreseeable future. They will now have the honor of playing on one of the most important football days of the year: Thanksgiving.
According to College Football Talk, the game that was originally scheduled for Black Friday, will now be played that Thursday night and will open up everyone’s favorite week of football: rivalry week. While this isn’t one of the more storied rivalries in history, it gives fans a nice taste of what they will get the rest of the weekend.
“ESPN called regarding a possible change from an early Friday game to a Thursday night game on national TV. All parties concerned agreed to the change,” UCF head coach George O’Leary said. “I think it’s great for both teams who are playing as well as the American Athletic Conference for this game to be featured on a huge stage like this.”
Rivalry week is already shaping up to be a great one. I’m glad that these two teams and the AAC will get their chance to shine on the big stage.
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