With the regular season set to open Friday, UCF is listed in TopDrawerSoccer.com's initial Tournament 48 rankings. The media outlet projects the 48 teams it expects to make the NCAA Championship and UCF is 26th on the list.
The Knights have made two-consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship, advancing to the second round each year.
Head coach Bryan Cunningham's squad will open the campaign Friday at Florida Atlantic. UCF's home opener is Sept. 1 vs. Old Dominion. Six of UCF's 2012 foes are listed in TopDrawerSoccer.com's rankings.