Gators vs USF Three Game Football Series Set

By on May 22, 2018

(TRAVIS FAILEY PHOTO)

TAMPA, FLORIDA – USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan today announced an agreement with the University of Florida to play a three-game football series beginning in 2022.

The Bulls and Gators will meet for the first time since 2010 on Sept. 17, 2022 when USF travels to 91,916-seat Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. The Gators and Bulls will meet for the first time ever in Tampa the following year on Sept. 9, 2023 at Raymond James Stadium. The series will conclude with the Bulls playing in Gainesville on Sept. 6, 2025.

“We are very excited for our program and our fans to add three games against the University of Florida to our schedule,” Harlan said. “I would like to thank Coach Strong for his desire to play a challenging non-conference schedule and the leadership at Florida for their partnership in making this happen. We are committed to scheduling opponents that our fans are excited to see the Bulls compete against and Florida certainly ranks very high on that list.”

The Bulls and Gators have met once on the football field, with then No. 8-ranked Florida posting a 38-14 victory in Gainesville in 2010. The Bulls went on to finish 8-5 that season and defeat Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. USF head coach Charlie Strong began his coaching career at Florida and spent 15 seasons on the Gators’ staff over four stints. He was an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator on Florida’s 2006 and 2008 national title teams.

USF’s previously scheduled matchup with FAU on Sept. 17, 2022 in Tampa will be moved to a future date. A 2023 return game vs. San Jose State in Tampa, previously scheduled for Sept. 9, has been moved to a Sept. 16, 2023 kickoff in Tampa.

The addition of three games vs. Florida marks eight games vs. Power 6 opponents added to the Bulls’ future schedules since January. USF now has 15 scheduled non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents over the next nine seasons (through 2026) in addition to a pair of games vs. BYU (2019 & 2021).

The Bulls will play seven of those games vs. ACC opponents, with two games each scheduled vs. Georgia Tech (2018 & 2019) and N.C. State (2021 & 2024) and three vs. Louisville (2022, 2024 & 2026). Future schedules also include dates vs. SEC foe Florida (2022, 2023 & 2025), Big 12 opponent Texas (2020, 2022 & 2024) and Big Ten foes Illinois (2018) and Wisconsin (2019).

In 2018, USF will begin a two-game series with Georgia Tech on Sept. 8 in Raymond James Stadium and complete a two-game series vs. Illinois with a Sept. 15 game at Soldier Field in Chicago. USF’s 2022 schedule now features home games vs. Texas and Florida, and a road game at Louisville, while 2024 features home games vs. N.C. State and Louisville and a road date at Texas.

USF has played 11 non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents in five seasons since joining the American Athletic Conference in 2013. Among the non-conference Power 6 opponents previously faced over that span were Florida State (2015, 2016), Illinois (2017), Maryland (2014, 2015), Miami (2013), Michigan State (2013), N.C. State (2014), Syracuse (2015, 2016) and Wisconsin (2014).

ABOUT USF FOOTBALL
USF posted its second straight 10-win season in 2017 (10-2) by winning its second straight Birmingham Bowl with a 38-34 victory over Texas Tech. USF is one of just 13 teams nationally to win 20-plus games in the last two seasons (21-4) and has spent a program-record 19 straight weeks ranked in the top 25, reaching as high as No. 13 in Week 8 of the 2017 season. The Bulls have won five of their last six bowl appearances and made nine (6-3) total bowl appearances in 21 seasons, including a current run of three straight bowls. The Bulls won a program-record 11 games in 2016 (11-2) and have posted 14 winning seasons. The USF program, which first took the field in 1997, reached No. 2 in the rankings in 2007 and has seen 28 players selected in the NFL Draft, 14 named All-American and had 32 first-team all-conference selections.

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USF FUTURE NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULES

2018

Elon                             Tampa                                     Sept. 1, 2018

Georgia Tech              Tampa                                     Sept. 8, 2018

at Illinois                     Chicago (Soldier Field)           Sept. 15, 2018

at UMass                     Amherst                                   Oct. 16, 2018

 

2019

Wisconsin                    Tampa                                     Aug. 31, 2019

at Georgia Tech          Atlanta                                     Sept. 7, 2019  

at Central Michigan    Mount Pleasant                       Sept. 14, 2019

BYU                           Tampa                                     Oct. 12, 2019

 

2020

at Texas                       Austin                                      Sept. 5, 2020

Nevada                        Tampa                                     Sept. 19, 2020

at FAU                        Boca Raton                             Sept. 26, 2020

Opponent TBA          

 

2021

at N.C. State                Raleigh                                    Sept. 2, 2021

Central Michigan        Tampa                                     Sept. 11, 2021

at BYU                       Provo                                       Sept. 24, 2021

Opponent TBA          

 

2022

Texas                           Tampa                                     Sept. 3, 2022

at Florida                     Gainesville                              Sept. 17, 2022

at Louisville                 Louisville                                 Sept. 24, 2022

UMass                         Tampa                                     Oct. 22, 2022

 

2023

at Western Kentucky  Bowling Green                        Sept. 2, 2023

Florida                         Tampa                                     Sept. 9, 2023

San Jose State             Tampa                                     Sept. 16, 2023

Opponent TBA          

 

2024

Western Kentucky      Tampa                                     Aug. 31, 2024

at Texas                       Austin                                      Sept. 7, 2024

N.C. State                    Tampa                                     Sept. 14, 2024

Louisville                     Tampa                                     Sept. 21, 2024

 

2025

at Northern Illinois      DeKalb                                    Aug. 30, 2025

at Florida                     Gainesville                              Sept. 6, 2025

Opponent TBA

Opponent TBA

 

2026

at Louisville                 Louisville                                 Sept. 19, 2026

Opponent TBA

Opponent TBA

Opponent TBA

 

TBD

FAU                            Tampa                                     TBD Year & Date

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