Single-game USF-UCF tickets on sale Friday
UCF has announced that a limited number of tickets for next week's USF-UCF game in Orlando will go on sale Friday morning at 9 a.m. at a cost of $65 each.
Aside from USF's contractual allotment, UCF had been limiting single-game tickets to the USF game to season-ticket holders, which start at $210. With seats available with a week remaining before the game, UCF has made tickets available to the general public. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at (407) 839-3900, or at ticketmaster.com. Here's the official UCF release.
LINE SET: USF's starting offensive line for Saturday's opener against Tennessee-Martin is set, with all five players boasting at least one season as a starter.
Senior Ryan Schmidt, who started at guard last season, will start at left tackle, with three other starters back from last season: senior Jake Griffin at center, sophomore Zach Hermann at right guard and senior Marc Dile at right tackle. Senior Matt Huners, who missed most of last season recovering from injury, returns at left guard, where he started 10 games in 2006.
Sophomore Jake Sims, who entered the fall as the starting right tackle, is the top reserve, and redshirt freshman Jeremiah Warren, thought to miss Saturday's game with an ankle injury, is healthy and should play Saturday, offensive line coach Mike Simmonds said. If the Bulls are able to play their second line, freshman Danous Estenor and walk-on Chaz Hine would make their USF debuts, with walk-on Joe Herzhauser rounding out the second five.
BIG TIME: Saturday's game isn't just Tennessee-Martin's first game against a BCS-conference opponent: It's believed to be the largest crowd the Skyhawks have played to in 84 seasons of football.
The Skyhawks, who moved to Division I-AA in 1995, played before 29,253 in last year's opener at Southern Miss. Saturday's game already has more than 43,000 tickets distributed, though UTM will likely have a bigger crowd in November when they play at Auburn.
REVENGE: While USF has never played the Skyhawks, they're not completely unfamiliar to the entire program. Former USF assistant coach Rich Rachel, now the team's director of high school relations, was an assistant at Morehead State from 1976-78 and played UTM each season. The Skyhawks won all three games, by a combined score of 112-16.