ABOUT THE EVENT
The game, which takes place on 30th August next year, will see the University of Central Florida take on Penn State in their first game of the 2014 American college football season. It is set to be an amazing event spectacle in one of Europe’s greatest sporting arenas.
The final games of the regular season took place last weekend and the University of Central Florida (UCF) beat SMU to clinch The American Conference title outright. The Knights have had just one loss this season and rank #15 in the ratings poll. The Knights' season will continue into 2014 when they take on the Baylor Bears in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 1st, 2014.
Coach O’Leary has his squad playing at its highest level ever. He took over the program ten years ago and has rebuilt it from the ground up. The Knights’ two signature victories of the season were against previously undefeated and #8 ranked Louisville, which followed on the heels of their win in Beaver Stadium in September over the Penn State Nittany Lions. Coach O’Leary has his team headed toward their most outstanding season in history.
UCF and Penn State will open their 2014 campaigns August 30 when they meet in the inaugural Croke Park Classic in Dublin, led by two of the most highly regarded college coaches. George O’Leary and Bill O’Brien have previously worked on the same staff at Georgia Tech.
Coach Bill O’Brien got his Penn State team back on track earlier this month by dominating the Purdue University Boilermakers in front of over 96,000 fans at home in Happy Valley. PSU, playing in the Big 10 Conference currently has a record of 6-5, including their four-overtime cliff hanger win over Michigan in mid-October. Their final game is against Wisconsin on 30 November, as the young squad focuses on finishing strong.
So not only will the 2014 Croke Park Classic feature the O’Leary-O’Brien matchup, but also the on-field passing combinations of Hackenberg to Robinson for Penn State vs Bortles to Worton for Central Florida. It’s shaping up to be a great battle of these two giants of American College Football in Dublin next year. This big season opener will also be the first time that UCF and Penn State have played outside the United States guaranteed to bring huge fanfare and significant travelling support.
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The Croke Park Classic - Saturday 30th August 2014 - Where Passion and Power Collide