UCF football has rescheduled its series with Maryland to play in 2016-17.

The Knights will host Maryland in 2016 and travel to College Park in 2017, according to UCF associate athletic director David Hansen.

UCF initially agreed to a contract to play the Terrapins in those years, with the Knights visiting Maryland in 2016, before pushing the games back to the 2020-21 seasons.

However, the schools recently agreed to again shift the games forward to the 2016-17 seasons. 

The games are now scheduled to be played on Sept. 17, 2016, and Sept. 23, 2017.

The Knights have struggled to find non-conference opponents from the so-called “Power Five” conferences. UCF moved back a game with FIU in 2014 and replaced it with Bethune-Cookman, and has games at FIU and South Carolina in 2015.

UCF currently has games scheduled at Michigan on Sept. 10 and against FIU on Sept. 17 in 2016 and at Texas on Sept. 9, 2017.

Maryland will begin play in the Big Ten Conference this fall with a nine-game conference schedule.

The Terps are currently scheduled to play Howard on Sept. 3, at FIU on Sept. 10 and at West Virginia on Sept. 17 in 2016 in non-conference play, and at Texas on Sept. 2, vs. Towson on Sept. 9 and vs. West Virginia on Sept. 23 in 2017. 


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