UCF Secures Rivalry Series For Sixth Consecutive Season

For the sixth straight year, UCF won the War On I-4 rivalry series by a count of 58-26. For the fifth straight year, the football trophy resides in Orlando after the Knights earned a 17-13 victory on the gridiron.

The UCF women’s tennis team clinched the all-sports War On I-4 series victory with a 4-0 sweep of the Bulls on April 16, with a score of 48-12 at the time.

The year started with UCF and South Florida splitting matchups in soccer. The UCF men’s soccer team earned a 3-2 road victory to take the early 3-0 lead, only to see the Bulls take an early 6-3 rivalry series lead with a 2-1 women’s victory in Orlando. The South Florida men’s team earned three points in a rematch later in the year, but not before UCF swept the Bulls for its 17th straight win in volleyball.

UCF’s cross country team raced past the Bulls at the American Athletic Conference Championships to regain a 12-9 rivalry series edge and never looked back. From there, the Black and Gold earned another win in volleyball and secured all six football points to take a 21-9 lead into the 2022 calendar year.

The Knights took three of four meetings on the hardwood, with South Florida winning the first men’s basketball meeting by a 75-51 margin. The UCF women’s basketball team earned a sweep of the Bulls with 67-51 and 54-33 victories, while the men’s team bounced back with a 68-49 win in the second and final meeting of the regular season.

UCF was golden in track and field, winning both the indoor and outdoor conference championships to add 12 points to the Knights’ total. The outdoor event was the last of the academic year.

UCF softball earned its first sweep in program history over their rivals down I-4, all while leveling the all-time series at 19-19. The two teams later met in The American’s championship game in Greenville, N.C., where the Knights beat the Bulls by a score of 11-0 in five innings to take the all-time series lead.

The success continued on the diamond for UCF baseball, who earned a series sweep of the Bulls in Orlando. The three points clinched at least a share of the War On I-4 rivalry series, with the score 42-12 at the time.

Women’s tennis secured the rivalry series for UCF with their sweep of the Bulls, but the men’s team didn’t go quietly and pulled six points back in South Florida’s direction with a 4-3 victory.

UCF placed third at the women’s golf conference championship, higher than South Florida who finished fifth, awarding six more points to the Knights. The Bulls earned six points in men’s golf, finishing second at the championship tournament while the Black and Gold finished fourth.

The two teams collided on the baseball diamond for the final three-game set of the year. UCF took the first game in Tampa with a 10-4 victory to secure the season series over the Bulls, but it was South Florida who took the three-game series in their stadium, beating UCF 3-1 and 2-1 to snatch two points toward the overall count.

UCF Secures Rivalry Series For Fifth Time

Despite an adjusted schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCF won the War On I-4 rivalry series 59.25-24.75.

The fall slate featured just one matchup between the Knights and the Bulls. The UCF football team picked up six points and retained the trophy with a 58-46 win. 

The Bulls opened 2021 with three points in men's basketball to make it 6-3 in favor of the Black and Gold. UCF's men's tennis team and the cross country squad combined for nine points to push the advantage to 15-3 before the Knights' men's basketball squad split the season series for three points. USF's men's soccer team tallied a 2-1 win in Orlando for three points before the women's basketball programs split their series for three points each. USF's women's soccer team earned three points on the pitch to make it 21-15 in favor of the Knights.

A pair of sweeps from UCF Volleyball and a victory from the UCF men's soccer squad made it 30-15 in favor of the Knights.

The baseball programs played eight times thanks to a COVID-19 adjusted schedule and the Knights earned five victories to clinch the overall rivalry series. The Knights also picked up points with wins from their men's and women's tennis squads. 

The women's golf team turned in a higher finish at the conference championship for six points while the Bulls won the men's team title for six points. UCF Softball won three of the four matchups to give UCF a 53.25-24.75 advantage.

The UCF track and field team earned the final points of the 2020-21 season with a higher finish at the 2021 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship for the final tally of 59.25-24.75.  

UCF Led Rivalry Series For Fourth Year In COVID-19-Shortened Year

Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the spring sports in 2020, UCF led the War On I-4 rivalry series 36-9.

The UCF volleyball team opened 2019-20 edition with a 3-1 road victory to secure the first three points of the series. The Knights tacked on 12 points with match 1-0 victories by both the men's and women's soccer teams. 

USF earned six points with a higher finish at the 2019 American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship. A season sweep for the volleyball squad added three more points for the Black and Gold and gave UCF an 18-6 advantage. 

The football trophy remained in Orlando as UCF posted a 34-7 victory to extend the overall lead to 24-6.

The UCF women's basketball team earned a pair of victories over the Bulls while the men's squads split the season series. 

The UCF track and field team earned the final points of the 2019-20 season with a higher finish at the 2020 American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship for the final tally of 36-9.  

UCF Picks Up Third Straight Rivalry Series Win

For the third consecutive year, the overall War On I-4 rivalry series trophy belongs to UCF. For the second straight year, the football trophy also resides in the same city -- Orlando.

The UCF baseball team clinched the third straight all-sports War On I-4 Rivalry Series title for the Knights in April with a series win over the Bulls. 

UCF tallied the first three points when the Knights' volleyball team earned the first of two victories. A victory from men's soccer and a higher finish by the Knights at The American Women's Cross Country Championship pushed UCF's lead to 15-0.

USF picked up six points with a 1-0 women's soccer win in Tampa to make the series 15-6, but a sweep from UCF Volleyball pushed the Knights ahead 18-6.  

The Knights claimed the football trophy and extended UCF's overall lead with a 38-10 win at Raymond James Stadium, giving the Knights a 24-6 advantage at the end of the fall season.

Both UCF's women's basketball team and men's basketball team earned a pair of victories over the Bulls. The UCF track and field team added three points by topping the Bulls at the women's indoor championships, making the score 39-6 heading into the spring. 

The Knights clinched the overall trophy with a baseball series win, but the Bulls picked up eight points between baseball and softball. The tennis teams gave the Knights a 55-14 advantage, while the golf programs both turned in higher finishes at The American Championship to put the tally at 67-14. 

The UCF track team closed out the year's competition with a higher finish at The American Championship to put the final tally at 70-14 in favor of the Knights.  

Both Trophies Reside in Orlando After 2017-18

For the second consecutive year, the overall War On I-4 rivalry series trophy belongs to UCF. For the first time in the brief history of the War On I-4, both the football trophy and the overall trophy reside in the same city -- Orlando.

Women's Golf ClinchesWhen the UCF women's golf team earned a share of runner-up honors at the American Athletic Conference Championship, it clinched the second straight all-sports War On I-4 Rivalry Series title for the Knights. 

USF took the early 6-0 lead in the series when the Bulls men's soccer team defeated the Knights 3-2 in overtime in Tampa. After a draw in women's soccer and the Knights edging out the Bulls at The American Women's Cross Country Championships, everything was tied up at 9-9. 

The UCF volleyball team completed a pair of sweeps over the Bulls and the Knights football team took down USF at Spectrum Stadium, 49-42, to give the Black and Gold a commanding 21-9 advantage in the series at the end of the fall. 

The Knights men's basketball team then extended its win streak over USF with a pair of victories, while the Bulls got six points back in women's basketball. The UCF track and field team added three points by topping the Bulls at the women's indoor championships, making the score 30-15. 

The tennis programs split the head-to-head matchups, as the UCF women's team won in early April to make the count 36-15 in favor of the Knights. After the Bulls won in men's tennis, the UCF women's golf team knew it could clinch by topping USF at the league championship.  The Knights did just that, placing second at the event, defeating the Bulls by 40 strokes on the weekend. 

USF made up some points late in the spring to account for the final tally of 49-35 in favor of the Knights.  

Inaugural Rivalry Series Split

The Knights and Bulls each captured a trophy during 2016-17, the inaugural year of the War on I-4 Rivalry Series.

USF earned the first trophy by notching a 48-31 victory on the gridiron at Raymond James Stadium on Nov. 26. The Bulls rushed for 351 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in the win. Three turnovers by UCF proved costly in the game as the Knights cut the deficit to 31-24 near the end of the third quarter. USF out-scored its rival, 17-7, during the final frame.

UCF took the season-long competition where six points in head-to-head matchups were award for each sport that both schools sponsor. The points were even at 15 following the football meeting, then UCF won five-straight matchups in men's and women's basketball, track & field and men's tennis to take a commanding 36-15 advantage.

The Knight clinched the rivalry series at the American Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship on Apr. 25, where they won the tournament and celebrated with the War on I-4 trophy awarded to the season-long winner. The final tally of the season ended with UCF holding a 51-33 advantage.



A History Lesson

The first-ever meeting between a UCF team and a USF squad occurred on the hardwood in 1972. The rivals faced off in the final game of the regular season, with the Bulls coming out of top, 115-96, in Tampa.

The sports of baseball (1973), men’s soccer (1975), volleyball (1976), men’s tennis (1978) and women’s basketball (1978) saw their first matchups in the 1970s. 

The 1990s ushered in meetings between the women’s tennis (1994) and women’s soccer (1998) squads, while the softball teams began their rivalry in 2003.

When USF added football in 1997, the two teams were bound to meet up on the gridiron. UCF, which started football in 1979, moved to Division I-A (now referred to as FBS) in 1996, while the Bulls made that jump in 2001. The first meeting took place in Tampa during the 2005 campaign and began a four-game series where the Bulls won each matchup.

After a four-year hiatus, the football rivalry renewed and intensified when the two schools became members of the same conference for the first time. The Knights took the first two meetings in the American Athletic Conference, while USF posted a victory in 2015.

In 2016-17, the two schools unveiled the War On I-4 rivalry series. 

UCF won the first year of the War On I-4 rivalry series by a tally of 51-33.

The First Meetings

Men's Basketball - 1972

Baseball - 1973

Men's Soccer - 1975

Volleyball - 1976

Women's Basketball - 1978

Women's Soccer - 1978

Men's Tennis - 1978

Women's Tennis - 1994

Softball - 2003

Football - 2005

*Only head-to-head sports listed