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MONDAY MEMO: UCF Knights Ranked 17th in Preseason AP Top 25 Poll

ORLANDO –  The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 Football Poll was released on Monday and UCF came in ranked 17th. It matches the Knights’ ranking of 17 in the Preseason Amway Coaches Poll and marks the second straight year that UCF has been ranked in both polls prior to the start of the season.

UCF is coming off of back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and a pair of American Athletic Conference Championships. The Knights went 12-1 overall in 2019 and earned a trip to the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

At the end of last season, UCF 11th in the AP Poll and 12th in the Coaches Poll.

The Knights were the only member of The American in the AP’s Preseason Poll in 2019, as all other teams in the rankings were members of other Power 6 conferences, topped by last season’s College Football Playoff Champion, Clemson.

UF-AUBURN SOLD OUT – One of the dates that all of Gator Nation circled before the year began will now be seen live by the largest crowd of the season, as the Gators Ticket Office announced Monday that single game tickets for Florida’s homecoming matchup against Auburn are sold out.

Fans are reminded that they can still get tickets to the Auburn game through season tickets sales or by utilizing the Florida Gators official secondary ticket provider, Ticket Exchange on the Ticketmaster site.

Auburn is traveling to Gainesville for the first time since 2007. In addition, the Gators own a 67-26-2 record in Homecoming games all-time, including a 25-5 mark since 1989.

Kickoff will likely be announced 12 days prior to the game on Sept. 23.

FAU Completes Open Scrimmage – The Florida Atlantic University football team held its final open-to-the-public scrimmage on Saturday afternoon. The Owls worked through nearly half of the scheduled plays before weather forced the team inside.

During the weather delay, selected players and head coach Lane Kiffin participated in a meet and greet with fans. The Owls signed autographs and were the subjects of multiple selfies.

“Obviously, the weather was out of our control. It was disappointing we only got about half of the reps that we needed to get. It is what it is. I’m trying to see something positive in it, less guys getting hurt,” Kiffin said. “That is about the only good thing. It is kind of hard to evaluate, because we played half a game. I thought the first defense looked really good. They made significant plays. I thought the first offense struggled against the first defense. They did have a long touchdown drive, but that was against the twos.”

MAGIC SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE AUG. 22 – Single-game tickets for all home games of the 2019-20 Orlando Magic season will go on sale Thurs., Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. to the general public.

The Magic will open the preseason at home on Fri., Oct. 11 vs. Boston and the regular season in the Amway Center tips off at 7 p.m. on Weds., Oct. 23 when the Magic host the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

The Magic play their home games at the award-winning Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year.

Single-game tickets start at $17 with lower level seats starting at $27 (both subject to applicable fees). 

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