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USF Bulls travel to Chicago Saturday to face the Fighting Illini of Illinois

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls (2-0) will play their first-ever game in Chicago and second in the state of Illinois on Saturday in the second of a two-game series with the Illini. The Bulls won the first meeting, 47-23, last year in Tampa. USF last ventured to the state of Illinois in 2001, falling, 20-17, at Northern Illinois. It will mark USF’s fourth Big Ten road game in the last six seasons and fifth overall. The Bulls are 1-5 all-time vs. Big Ten opponents, that victory coming last year vs. Illinois, and are 0-4 in road games vs. the Big Ten, falling at Maryland (2015; 35-17), Wisconsin (2014; 27-10), Michigan State (2013; 21-6) and Penn State (2005; 23-13).

Coming off a 49-38 win over Georgia Tech, USF is looking for its fifth straight win vs. a Power 5 opponent. The Bulls have won six of their last seven meetings vs. P5 teams, including a pair of bowl victories. The loss came to No. 13 Florida State (55-35) in 2016 in Tampa. The American has posted four wins vs. P5 teams so far in 2018.

Illini Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach Rod Smith was on the USF staff from 2001-06 under head coach Jim Leavitt, serving as QB Coach/Passing Game Coordinator and then Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach (2005-06). Meanwhile, nine coaches in the game have Tampa Bay Buccaneers ties, including Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith who served as head coach of the Buccaneers from 2014-15 and was the linebackers coach from 1996-2000.

USF has gone 23-4 since the start of 2016, including 10-1 in out-of-conference games (two bowl wins) with the only loss coming to No. 13 Florida State in 2016. The Bulls have posted a 18-3 record in Raymond James Stadium over the past four seasons and are in the midst of the most successful run in program history (31-9 (77.5) since 2015) that includes a 30-6 mark in the last 36 games, which ranks among the top six in the nation over that time.

Broadcast info for Saturdays Bulls game:
USF (2-0; 0-0 American) vs. Illinois (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Saturday, Sept. 15 • 3:30 PM (ET) • Soldier Field • Big Ten Network
TV: Big Ten Network (BTN)
• Play-by-Play: Dave Revsine
• Analyst: J Leman
• Sideline Reporter: Ally Strum
• Online: BTN2Go.com

RADIO: USF Radio Network
• Play-by-Play: Jim Louk
• Analyst: Sam Barrington
• Sideline Reporter: Joey Johnston
• In Tampa: 820 AM / 96.7 FM
• Digital: iHeart Radio – Bulls Unlimited Channel
• Satellite: Sirius 145 / XM 386





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Gasparilla Bowl moves from Tropicana Field to Raymond James Stadium

(Tampa, FL) ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, has announced the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will now be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL beginning this year.

Owned and operated by the Tampa Sports Authority, Raymond James Stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and host to the Outback Bowl and the 2017 National Championship.

“We are excited about the continued growth of this bowl game,” said Clint Overby, vice president of ESPN Events. “I want to thank those we have worked with in St. Petersburg and at Tropicana Field in helping us build this game into a quality, postseason experience.

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will continue to hold a presence in Pinellas County during bowl week, hosting multiple events and maintaining relationships with its beach hotel partners. Bowl week plans for 2018 include former Tampa Bay Buc Mike Alstott hosting team visits to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in downtown St. Petersburg and the Battle at the Beach taking place at the City of Treasure Island Gulf Front Park.

“Since the inception of the bowl in 2008 our staff has aimed to forge special relationships with stakeholders on both sides of Bay,” said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director of the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. “This move will continue to support our ability to better expand our relationships across Tampa Bay. With our new home at Raymond James Stadium, Bad Boy Mowers, the two participating teams and their fans will be able to enjoy the incredible benefits of one of the best football venues in America.”

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 20, from Raymond James Stadium. Tickets will go on sale later this year.





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