When life gives you lemons, you're told to make lemonade. Next season, the UCF football team may be swallowing some pretty sour juice. Why? Because the 2015 schedule released last week is pretty bad.
After finishing with a 9-4 record with three bye weeks in the 2014 season, UCF will play 10 games next season before it sees a bye week, which is the only one of the season. While I did think three bye weeks was excessive, especially because the first came after the first game of the season, having only one in week 10 of 12 doesn't seem right to me. Isn't rest the idea behind it?
Most important, as the schedule stands right now, the Knights play not four, not three, not two, but one ESPN Thursday night game next season. How does that make any sense given that they are two years removed from being Fiesta Bowl Champions and currently the back-to-back defending conference champions? Thursday and Friday nights might be associated more with high school football marquee match-ups, but for schools outside of the Power 5 conferences, national TV exposure on those nights is perfect.
Even George O'Leary told the Orlando Sentinel that he's not happy with the schedule.
"I've already expressed my opinion to the administration about it because I think we're the defending conference champs for two years now and when you look at the schedule, I mean that doesn't look odd to you?," O'Leary said.
Yes, George. It does. I'm not a cheerleader or the No. 1 fan of UCF football, but I can see when a mistake has been made. If the American Athletic Conference wants to gain the traction and recognition it thinks it deserves, I'm not sure how hardly broadcasting one of the most talented and competitive teams it has would help.
On the sweet side of the cup, game dates are still able to be changed and the AAC will announce kickoff times and which channels games will air on in June.
Jazmyne Hankerson is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Find her on Twitter @AsToldByJLee or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.