The UCF football team arrived in Akron, Ohio at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday after a two-hour-and-15-minute flight from the Orlando Sanford International Airport. The team left the Wayne Densch Sports Center a little after 11 a.m. The team was in the air just after 1 p.m.
This is the Knights' first of two consecutive trips to the state of Ohio for the Knights. UCF heads back to the Buckeye State to face Ohio State on Sept. 8.
All-time UCF is 21-12 in season openers. The Knights have won their last six openers and are looking to win their first ever game in Akron. UCF is 0-3 all-time at Akron, but hasn't played here since 2003.
This will be the Knights' first visit to Akron under head coach George O'Leary and their first visit to InfoCision Stadium. Thursday's game will mark the beginning of just the fourth season in the stadium.
Last season, the Zips finished 1-11 overall. But a new season brings a new coach for Akron, with the hiring of Terry Bowden.
It's going to be a beautiful night for football in northeastern Ohio. The current Weather Channel forecast calls for 78 degrees, sunshine, light southerly winds and no chance of precipitation at kickoff. By the end of the game, it could be in the upper 60s.
Want to go in-depth to learn about UCF and Akron and their matchup tomorrow night. Click on the links below for the media notes, distributed by the communications staff of both squads:
UCFAthletics.com - Knights' Offense Looking for More in 2012
Kickoff is set for 7:04 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the UCF-IMG College Radio Network. Above is a quick preview of Thursday night's game with "The Voice of the Knights" Marc Daniels and UCF color analyst Mike Gruttadauria.