Penn State is replacing Virginia with Central Florida on its 2013 football schedule, according to a report Friday by the Orlando Sentinel.

The Nittany Lions were scheduled to play Virginia Sept. 14 at Beaver Stadium in the second of two home-and-home games. According to the Sentinel, though, UCF will play at Penn State that day as the first of two home-and-home games between the teams.

The Lions will travel to Orlando, Fla., to play the Golden Knights in 2014, but the report did not specify a date.

Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said the school expects to announce updates to its football schedules early next week.

Penn State has non-conference games scheduled against Temple, Akron, Rutgers and Massachusetts, but the Scarlet Knights are expected to begin Big Ten play that season along with Maryland. The conference has not released a schedule that includes the two new Big Ten members for that season or beyond.

Under the current schedule, the Lions have two bye dates in 2014, Oct. 4 and Nov. 8. UCF has non-conference games scheduled Aug. 30, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, which means Penn State could visit Orlando sometime in October or November.

The Penn State-UCF games were scheduled partly because Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien was an assistant under Golden Knights coach George O'Leary when he was head coach at Georgia Tech.



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