Desti­na­tion for bowl still in flux

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Un­til then, here is a look at some of the pro­jec­tions by the na­tional me­dia out­lets as of Tues­day:

The Or­lando Sentinel’s Brant Par­sons has UCF (9-3, 6-2 AAC) tak­ing a road trip to South Florida, with the Knights fac­ing Kent State (6-6, 5-3 MAC) in the Boca Ra­ton Bowl on Dec. 21.

It would be a fa­mil­iar set­ting for the Knights, who played in FAU Sta­dium against the Owls on Sept. 7. It would be the fifth time UCF and Kent State have faced off, but the first time since 2004.

ESPN’s pro­jec­tions have UCF head­ing to two dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tions, with Kyle Bon­agura pre­dict­ing the Knights will wind up in the In­de­pen­dence Bowl in Shreve­port, La., on Dec. 26 against Mi­ami (6-6, 4-4 ACC). But Mark Sch­labach has UCF head­ing down I-4 to take on FIU (6-6, 3-5 CUSA) in the Gas­par­illa Bowl in Tampa. UCF is 0-2 all­time against the Hur­ri­canes, but 4-2 against the Pan­thers.

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has UCF spending the hol­i­days at home, with the Knights fac­ing Georgia State (7-5, 4-4 Sun Belt) in the Cure Bowl at Ex­plo­ria Sta­dium in Or­lando on Dec. 21. It would be the sec­ond time the pro­gram has played in this game, but the first since 2016.

Sports Il­lus­trated’s Michael Shapiro sees UCF trav­el­ing to Texas to take on Georgia State in the Frisco Bowl on Dec. 20. It would be UCF’s first trip to the game in a Dal­las sub­urb and the Knights’ first meet­ing with the Pan­thers, who play in the Sun Belt Con­fer­ence.

The Ath­letic’s Ste­wart Man­del has UCF trav­el­ing to Char­lotte for an ap­pear­ance in the Belk Bowl against Vir­ginia Tech (8-4, 5-3 ACC) on Dec. 31. It would be the first time the Knights have played in the Belk and their fourth meet­ing with the Hok­ies, but their first since 2003.

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