List of UCF Knights football seasons
This is a list of seasons completed by the UCF Knights football team since the team's creation in 1979 under Coach Don Jonas. Since that first season, the Knights have played over 350 regular-season games, winning three division championships, a conference championship and playing in three bowl games. The Knights are a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American) and the current head coach is George O'Leary, who has led the team since 2004. The Knights play their home games at Bright House Networks Stadium, which is located on the main campus of UCF in Orlando, Florida.
The University of Central Florida first fielded a varsity football team in the fall of 1979 as a Division III program, and subsequently completed their ascension to Division I-A, now known as the Division I Football Subdivision (FBS), in 1996. The Knights have appeared in five bowl games, in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012, have won four C-USA Eastern Division titles, in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2012, and were the 2007 and 2010 Conference USA Champions. UCF was nationally ranked for the first time in school history, following a nationally-televised rout of Houston on November 5, 2010. The rankings came after winning 5 straight games, and posting an 11-game conference winning streak. The Knights were ranked 25 in the AP Poll, 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 25 in the Harris Poll. The team would drop out of the polls the following week, but would finish the season ranked in the top twenty.
|Season||Conference||Coach||Conference Results||Season Results||Bowl/Playoff result||Final Ranking|
|UCF Knights football seasons|
|1984||Independent||Saban/ Jerry Anderson†||—||—||—||2||9||0||—|
|1987*||Independent||—||—||—||9||4||0||Semifinals Division II playoffs|
|1990*||Independent||—||—||—||10||4||0||Semifinals Division I-AA playoffs|
|1993*||Independent||—||—||—||9||3||0||1st Round Division I-AA playoffs|
|2002||MAC||2nd (East) ||6||2||7||5||—||—||—||—|
|2003||MAC||Kruczek/ Alan Gooch†||5th (East)||2||6||3||9||—||—||—||—|
|2004||MAC||George O'Leary||7th (East)||0||8||0||11||—||—||—||—|
|2005#^||C-USA||1st (East) ||7||1||8||5||—||Lost 2005 Conference USA Championship Game to Tulsa, 27–44
Lost Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl to Nevada, 48–49
|2007‡^||C-USA||1st (East)||7||1||10||4||—||Won 2007 Conference USA Championship Game vs. Tulsa, 44–25
Lost AutoZone Liberty Bowl to Mississippi State, 3–10
|2009^||C-USA||2nd (East)||6||2||8||5||—||Lost St. Petersburg Bowl to Rutgers, 24–45||—||—|
|2010‡^||C-USA||1st (East)||7||1||11||3||—||Won 2010 Conference USA Championship Game vs. SMU, 17–7
Won AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Georgia, 10–6
|2012#^||C-USA||1st (East)||7||1||10||4||—||Lost 2012 Conference USA Championship Game to Tulsa, 27–33
Won Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl against Ball State, 38–17
|Total||—||—||209||182||1||(only includes regular season games)|
|8||16||—||—||—||(only includes Mid-American Conference games)|
|43||21||—||—||—||(only includes Conference USA games)|
|7||0||—||—||—||(only includes American Athletic Conference games)|
|—||—||2||3||—||(only includes bowl games; 5 appearances)|
|—||—||3||3||—||(only includes playoff games; 3 appearances)|
|† Denotes an interim coach
♦ Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion
- "UCF Football History". University of Central Florida Athletics. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
- "UCF ranked No. 23 in coaches poll and No. 25 in AP, vaulting into Top 25 for first time in school history". Orlando Sentinel. 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- "UCF ranked No. 25 in latest USA Today coaches poll". Orlando Sentinel. 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- The yellow color is used only when UCF reaches a bowl but does not hold a share in the conference title. In any case that UCF has a share of the conference championship, the green color is used.
- The blue color is used only when UCF receives a playoff berth but does not hold a share in the conference title. In any case that UCF has a share of the conference championship, the green color is used.
- Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible.
- The Associated Press began conducting a weekly college football poll in 1936.
- The college football coaches' poll has been sponsored by multiple organizations since its creation in 1950. Its current sponsor is USA Today.
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