February 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Penn State will host Central Florida on Sept. 14, 2013, according to a press release from the university.
Virginia was originally slated to come to Beaver Stadium on the third week of the 2013 season, but the team recently notified Penn State it would not be making the trip in order to schedule another home game.
According to the release, Penn State Athletic Director Dave Joyner said the Nittany Lions and Knights — who went 10-4 in the 2012 season — are in talks of possibly playing a game in Orlando, Fla., in either the 2014 or 2015 season. The release also states Joyner is working with Virginia to possibly reschedule a game sometime in the future.
Coach Bill O'Brien has connections to the Knights' coaching staff. UCF coach George O'Leary was the head coach at Georgia Tech from 1994-2001, and O'Brien served on his staff for seven of those seasons.
"It will be a great honor to play against UCF and Coach O'Leary," O'Brien said in a press release. "UCF is a good football team. Coach O'Leary has done a fantastic job at UCF and obviously he has meant a lot to my career. This will be a great game for our fans and I'm really looking forward to it."
Penn State will open its 2013 season against Syracuse on Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.