Bulls, Knights recognize "War on I-4"
As of today, the "War on I-4" as been upgraded from mere nickname to official name in terms of the UCF-USF rivalry.
The schools have announced the "War on I-4" will involve a scored year-long competition between the schools in multiple sports. It starts immediately, with a Bulls-Knights volleyball matchup tonight, and men's soccer Saturday night. Both contests are in Orlando.
The scoring system (outlined below) awards points to each school for a victory against the other. For cross country, golf and track and field (which do not have head-to-head meetings), the school that records the best finish in each conference championship for those sports will receive points.
The winning university will take possession of a large trophy shaped like the I-4 road sign, to be displayed on their campus for the following year. The winner of the annual Thanksgiving weekend football game wins a separate, similarly-shaped "War On I-4" trophy.
"This rivalry series will serve as a fun and exciting way for USF's students, alumni and fans to share their passion and enthusiasm for their school while providing our student-athletes with a college experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives," USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a news release.
Added UCF counterpart Danny White: "UCF’s teams, fans, students and alumni truly enjoy this rivalry. Everyone involved looks forward to these matchups, so extending the rivalry to an official year-long competition should generate even more interest and excitement."
In the event of a tie at the end of the school year, the performances of both programs in the annual NCAA Graduation Success Rate will serve as the tie-breaker.
"War on I-4" points system
Sport: Total points
Baseball: 6 (One point for six regular season games)
Men's Basketball: 6 (Three points for each of two regular season games)
Football: 6 (One regular season game)
Men's Golf: 6 (Conference championship higher finisher)
Men's Soccer: 6 (One regular season game)
Men's Tennis: 6 (Dual competition, or higher finisher at conference)
Women's Basketball: 6 (Three points for each of two regular season games)
Women's CC: 6 (Conference championship, higher finisher)
Women's Golf: 6 (Conference championship, higher finisher)
Women's Soccer: 6 (One regular season game)
Softball: 6 (Two points for each of three regular season games)
Women's Tennis: 6 (Dual competition or higher finisher at conference)
Women's T&F: 6 (Three points indoor/three points outdoor conference championships)
Volleyball: 6 (Three points for each of two regular season matches)
* Note: UCF doesn't have men's track and field, men's cross country or sailing; USF doesn't have rowing