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USF Bulls Football To Play Three-Game Series Against Alabama Starting in Tampa in 2023

(Tampa, FL) USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced an agreement with Alabama to play a three-game football series that will begin in 2023 with the Crimson Tide coming to Tampa.

The addition of the series with the Crimson Tide brings the Bulls’ scheduled non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents to 17 over the next 10 seasons, 14 of those added since January. The 17 contests vs. Power 6 opponents are tied for the most among American Athletic Conference teams.

Alabama joins most recent series announcements pitting the Bulls vs. Florida and Miami as well as games in the next two seasons vs. Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Texas. The Bulls have at least one Power 6 non-conference opponent scheduled in each of the next 10 seasons and two or more in seven of those seasons.

Six of those opponents can claim a national championship, including 17 for Alabama, and the Bulls will be facing programs during that span that claim a total of 34 national championships.
“We are very excited to open the Alabama series in Tampa in 2023 and to add one of the most successful brands in American sports to a very exciting list of future opponents that will give our student-athletes and coaches a great opportunity to compete against the best programs in the nation,” Kelly said.

The Bulls and Crimson Tide will open the series on Sept. 16, 2023 in Raymond James Stadium. It will be the Tide’s first return to Tampa since falling, 35-31, to Clemson in the 2017 CFP National Championship Game, one of Alabama’s four straight national championship game appearances since 2015. The series will shift to Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) in Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the final two games in the series on Sept. 7, 2024 and Sept. 12, 2026.

USF and Alabama have met once previously with the Tide winning, 40-17, in Tuscaloosa on Aug. 30, 2003. The Bulls are 2-5 all-time vs. SEC opponents, winning their only meeting in the last eight seasons with a 46-39 overtime victory over South Carolina in the 2016 Birmingham Bowl.

The Bulls’ 2024 non-conference slate is now set with the USF facing Louisville, NC State and Western Kentucky in Tampa and traveling to Alabama. USF’s 2026 schedule has one remaining date with FAU coming to Tampa and the Bulls traveling to Alabama and Louisville.





USF Bulls Football Game at Georgia Tech September 7th Scheduled for 2PM Kickoff

(Tampa, FL) The USF football team’s Week 2 game at Georgia Tech has been set for a 2 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on the ACC Network, the ACC announced on Thursday.

USF travels to Georgia Tech on Sat., Sept. 7 for the second meeting between the schools. The Bulls used 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to post a 49-38 comeback win vs. Tech in Tampa last year.

USF will open its third season under head coach Charlie Strong with a primetime clash vs. Wisconsin on Fri., Aug. 30 that will be nationally televised on an ESPN network from Raymond James Stadium. Wisconsin, coming off its 17th straight bowl appearance, was ranked No. 21 in the Sporting News Post-spring Preseason Top 25 rankings and returns Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor, who ran for 2,194 yards last season.

The Bulls face South Carolina State on Sat., Sept. 14 and BYU on Sat., Oct. 12 for a Homecoming game that will round out the non-conference schedule.

The Bulls’ conference slate is highlighted by three straight November home contests with conference title contenders Temple (2018 East Division runner-up), Cincinnati (2018 East Division third place) and Memphis (back-to-back West Division winner) before the regular season finale in the War on I-4 in Orlando. Kickoff times and remaining television designations will be announced at a later date.





USF Bulls and Miami Hurricanes to Play Three-Game Series

(Tampa, FL) USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly today announced an agreement with the University of Miami to play a three-game football series starting in 2025, bringing the Bulls’ scheduled non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents to 14 over the next 10 seasons.

The Bulls and Hurricanes will play a pair of games at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, beginning the latest series on Sept. 13, 2025 and closing the three-game series on Sept. 9, 2028. The Hurricanes will return to Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 4, 2027 to face the Bulls in Tampa for the fourth time and first time since 2013.

The addition of the three-game series with Miami comes on the heels of the announcement of a home-and-home series with Boise State (2025 & 2027) in April and an agreement with Texas to cancel the final two games (scheduled for 2022 & 2024) of a previously announced three-game series. USF will still travel to Texas in 2020.

“We are excited to continue to add very high-level opponents with great national interest to our future football schedules,” Kelly said. “In the next 10 years we now have six games on the schedule against Florida and Miami and our student-athletes, coaches and fans look forward to the challenge.”

The Bulls and Hurricanes have met six times on the football field with Miami holding a 5-1 lead in the series, including a 49-21 victory in the last meeting in 2013 in Tampa. The Bulls win came, 23-20, in Miami in 2010.

USF’s 2025 season non-conference schedule is now full with games vs. Boise State (Aug. 30), at Florida (Sept. 6), at Miami (Sept. 13) and vs. San Jose State (Sept. 20). The Bulls will open the 2027 season vs. Miami (Sept. 4) in Tampa and have road trips to Boise State (Sept. 11) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 25) on the schedule with one non-conference opponent to be filled.

USF now has 14 scheduled non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents over the next 10 seasons (through 2028) in addition to home-and-home series vs. Boise State (2025 & 2027) and BYU (2019 & 2021).

The Bulls will play nine of those games vs. ACC opponents, including contests vs. Georgia Tech (2019), NC State (2021 & 2024), Louisville (2022, 2024 & 2026) and Miami (2025, 2027 & 2028). Future schedules also include dates vs. SEC foe Florida (2022, 2023 & 2025), Big 12 opponent Texas (2020) and Big Ten foe Wisconsin (2019).

USF takes on Wisconsin on Fri., Aug. 30 in a primetime matchup to open the 2019 season, travels to Georgia Tech (Sept. 7) in Week 2 and will host BYU on Oct. 12 for a homecoming game at Raymond James Stadium.

USF has played 13 non-conference regular season games vs. Power 6 opponents in six seasons since joining the American Athletic Conference in 2013. The non-conference Power 6 opponents faced over that span include Florida State (2015, 2016), Georgia Tech (2018), Illinois (2017 & 2018), Maryland (2014, 2015), Miami (2013), Michigan State (2013), NC State (2014), Syracuse (2015, 2016) and Wisconsin (2014).





USF Bulls Agree to Home and Home Football Series with Boise State

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls will play a home and home football series with Boise State beginning in 2025 Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced today. The Bulls and Broncos will meet for the first time on Aug. 30, 2025 in Raymond James Stadium. USF will travel to the famous blue turf in Boise, Idaho on Sept. 11, 2027.

“Boise State is a very exciting addition to our football schedule and one I believe will have national interest,” Kelly said. “The Broncos have a highly successful program that has been prominent on the national stage over the last two decades, and I think our student-athletes and fans will look forward to two high quality games and a trip out west to compete on the blue turf.”

USF also announced other schedule adjustments: A return game in Tampa vs. San Jose State, originally slated for the 2023 season, has been moved back to Sept. 20, 2025 in Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls visit to Northern Illinois, originally set for Aug. 30, 2025, will be moved to Sept. 25, 2027 in DeKalb, Illinois.

USF’s 2025 season non-conference schedule now contains games vs. Boise State (Aug. 30), at Florida (Sept. 6) and vs. San Jose State (Sept. 20), with one date remaining to be filled.

The Bulls and Broncos have never played against each other in football and USF has never played in the state of Idaho. The 2027 game in Boise, Idaho will mark just the fifth game for USF in the west. The Bulls will play at BYU in 2021 in the first western locale game on the schedule since USF won at San Jose State in 2017.

Boise State has played in 18 bowl games and won 12, including a 3-0 mark in Fiesta Bowl appearances, while claiming 19 conference titles. Entering head coach Bryan Harsin’s sixth season in 2019, the Broncos have won at least nine games every year under Harsin and compiled a 52-15 record in his tenure. The Broncos posted a 10-3 mark last season, losing in overtime to No. 25 Fresno State in the Mountain West championship game.

USF currently has 13 scheduled non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents over the next eight seasons (through 2026) in addition to home-and-home series vs. Boise State (2025 & 2027) and BYU (2019 & 2021).

The Bulls will play six of those games vs. ACC opponents, including contests vs. Georgia Tech (2019), N.C. State (2021 & 2024) and 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 foe Wisconsin (2019).





USF Bulls Show Signs of Improvement in Spring Football Showcase Saturday

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls played its spring football game Saturday afternoon at Corbett Stadium on campus as fans got a first look at new Offensive Coordinator Kerwin Bell’s offense.

Starting quarterback Blake Barnett set the tone by throwing a 75-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mitchell Wilcox on the very first play. By the final whistle, USF’s offense produced five touchdowns and two field goals in a 73-36 victory over the defense, which was limited by spring practice rules.

“I just feel like we’ve got a lot of momentum coming from this spring camp and I think we’re going to take that into the fall,” said Wilcox, a senior from Tarpon Springs, Fla., who led all receivers with 90 yards on two catches.

Saturday’s scoring system featured normal point totals for touchdowns and field goals on top of two points being awarded for 15-plus yard plays and one point for fourth-down conversions. Defensively, three-and-outs counted for three points, turnovers counted for four and fourth-down stops earned the Bulls one point.

“I like the way the offense just came out. They were able to operate,” head coach Charlie Strong said. “Defensively with the scoring system, defensive guys got mad at me because I took away the sacks and tackles for loss, which could have added more points to the score.”

USF’s offense was certainly happy with the result after producing what would have been 41 points in a real game situation as all three quarterbacks threw at least one touchdown and combined for 509 yards passing.

Behind Barnett, redshirt freshman Jordan McCloud completed 17 of 25 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Before McCloud’s scores, redshirt freshman Octavious Battle threw a 29-yard pass to Jernard Phillips for a score and added a 10-yard TD pass to slot receiver Bryce Miller in the first quarter.

“From day one of spring practice to where we are now, we’ve come a million miles on offense,” head coach Charlie Strong said.





USF Bulls Set to Begin Spring Practice Tuesday March 19th

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls football team will return to the field on Tuesday, March 19 for the first of 15 spring practices to prepare for their third season under head coach Charlie Strong.

Strong announced one of those spring practices will be held on location at Clearwater Central Catholic High School on Saturday, April 6 and will be open to the public. The open practice is scheduled from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The USF Spring Game presented by USF Federal Credit Union will once again return to Corbett Stadium on the USF campus on Saturday, April 13 with a 1 p.m. kickoff. The spring game, which has drawn capacity crowds the past four seasons to Corbett Stadium, is free to the public and will cap off a day of entertainment on campus that begins with a street festival starting at 11 a.m. outside the stadium.

The 2019 Bulls return 16 starters (9 offense, 5 defense, 2 specialists) from a 2018 squad that reached the program’s fourth straight bowl game. USF will feature a new offensive coordinator in Kerwin Bell, who led Valdosta State to an NCAA Division II national championship with the nation’s top scoring offense (52.0 ppg) last year.

Bell will take the reins of an offense that returns starting quarterback Blake Barnett (2,710 passing yards), first team all-conference tight end Mitchell Wilcox (540 receiving yards), tailbacks Jordan Cronkrite (1,121 rushing yards) and Johnny Ford (787 rushing yards), leading receiver Randall St. Felix (679 receiving yards) and all five starters along the offensive line from the Gasparilla Bowl.

USF’s defensive returners are led by second-leading tackler Greg Reaves (89 tackles), who is expected to return to his defensive end position after starting the final seven games of 2018 at linebacker. Honorable mention all-conference cornerback Mike Hampton returns after posting the second-most pass defenses (18) in program history, as do safety Nick Roberts, who led the team with three interceptions and was fourth with 72 tackles, and defensive end Kirk Livingstone, who tied for the team lead with 10 tackles for loss and was fifth with 56 tackles.

USF will play seven games in Raymond James Stadium during the 2019 season, highlighted by visits from preseason top 25-ranked Wisconsin to open the season (Aug. 30) and BYU (Oct. 12) in the non-conference slate and three straight November home games vs. conference contenders Temple (Nov. 7), Cincinnati (Nov. 16) and Memphis (Nov. 23).





USF Bulls Head Basketball Coach Brian Gregory Talks About Getting Ready for the AAC Tournament Thursday in Memphis

USF will face UConn Thursday March 14th in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis, TN. Coach Brian Gregory talks about his team’s readiness to play in the tournament.





SMU Defeats USF 77-71 Sunday in Regular Season Finale

(Tampa, FL) Ethan Chargois scored 19 points and had five rebounds to lead five SMU players in double figures as the Mustangs defeated USF 77-71 Sunday on Senior Day at the Yuengling Center.
Feron Hunt added 17 points and 14 rebounds off the bench and Jimmy Whitt Jr. finished with 14 points and three steals.

USF redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna recorded his league-leading 11th double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. David Collins scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Justin Brown chipped in with 10 points and made two 3-pointers.

USF (19-12, 8-10) built its largest lead of the game midway through the first half on a free throw by Yetna to give the Bulls a 22-16 advantage, but SMU answered with a 15-2 run to go ahead 33-26 at the 2:19 mark. A three-pointer from Hunt with just over a minute remaining gave the Mustangs an eight-point lead at halftime.

SMU (14-16, 6-12) scored the first six points of the second half and would go on to shoot 63.6 percent over the final 20 minutes. The Mustangs missed just eight shots in the second half and led by as many as 15 points.

A three-pointer from Rashun Williams cut the deficit to seven points with 1:53 remaining, but SMU used back-to-back baskets go push its lead back into double digits. Collins converted a layup on the final USF possession and has now scored in double figures in 10 straight games.

The eighth-seeded Bulls will face No. 9 seed UConn Thursday at 1 p.m. (EST) in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN.





USF Bulls Defeat Tulane 75-70 Wednesday Night in New Orleans

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(New Orleans, LA) Justin Brown knocked down five of the Bulls’ season-high 13 three-pointers as USF completed a season sweep of Tulane with a 75-70 victory on Wednesday night.

USF (19-11, 8-9 in AAC) is one more victory away from posting the program’s fifth 20-win season after getting a career-high 20 points from Brown. The sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., made four shots from long range in his 17-point second half in a game the Bulls led from start to finish.

David Collins also scored a game-high 20 points and made six of his eight total free throws in the final 1:12. Collins’ late production at the line came at an important time after Tulane (4-25, 0-17 in AAC) cut a 16-point deficit in the second half down to four in the final minute.

T.J. Lang added 11 points and went 3-for-6 from long range while USF fell one three-pointer short of matching the school’s single-game record set in 1991. Alexis Yetna came close to registering his 11th double-double of the season with nine points and eight rebounds.

Freshman Michael Durr grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the second straight outing to help the Bulls finish with a 38-31 edge on the glass. Freshman guard Xavier Castaneda totaled seven points and three assists in his third career start.

It was raining threes right away in Wednesday’s action with USF making six of its first seven buckets from long range and Collins accounted for two of them. Lang joined the three-point party at the end of the flurry and his first field goal sparked a 7-0 run that extended the USF lead to 24-12 near the midpoint of the half.

USF finished the first half with eight three-pointers after back-to-back buckets by Antun Maricevic and Lang down the stretch helped the Bulls take a 37-26 lead into halftime.

Tulane worked a 16-point deficit in the second half down to seven with less than six minutes remaining before the Bulls heated back up. Brown sank two more threes during a 9-2 run and Lang made his third shot from downtown to pump the lead back up to 15 with 3:24 to play.

The rallying Green Wave got within four in the final minute but ran out of time after Collins sank three free throws in the final 19 seconds.

USF will shoot for its 20th win in the regular season finale against SMU that’s set for Sunday at 4 p.m. inside the Yuengling Center (TV: ESPNU).





UConn Defeats USF 60-58 in Connecticut Sunday

(Storrs, CT) USF held the lead with less than a minute to go but couldn’t secure the program’s first-ever win at UConn in a 60-58 loss before a crowd of 9,034 Gampel Pavilion on Sunday.

David Collins’ two free throws gave the Bulls a 54-53 advantage with 1:04 remaining before UConn pulled ahead with a jumper 16 seconds later and made five free throws in the final 30 seconds.

USF (18-11, 7-9 in AAC) erased a seven-point deficit in the second half and was seeking a season series sweep of the Huskies. UConn (14-15, 5-11 in AAC) went 20-for-27 from the free throw line overall but saw its streak of 338 straight games with a made three-pointer snapped.

Collins scored a game-high 17 points and set a new career high by going 11-for-13 from the free throw line in a historic outing for the Bulls. USF set the program’s new season record for free throw attempts (808) while making 17 of 22 tries from the line.

Alexis Yetna just missed his 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and eight rebounds. Michael Durr grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to help the Bulls rule the boards by a 46-33 margin.

Laquincy Rideau knocked down his second three-pointer to give the Bulls a 48-46 lead with 6:11 to play, which marked USF’s final field goal. The redshirt junior guard finished with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Antun Maricevic continued his hot stretch with eight points in 15 minutes. The junior forward went 4-for-7 from the field and has shot 72.7 percent in the past four games.

Yetna led the Bulls with 12 points and seven rebounds in a back-and-forth first half that UConn ended up leading, 28-27.

Yetna’s second layup of the game gave the Bulls their second lead, 6-5, about six minutes into the action. Threes by Rideau and Yetna sparked a 10-0 run that put USF ahead, 27-24, before the Huskies took a one-point lead into the break.

USF jumped back ahead with a layup by Durr in the first minute of the second half. Down by seven, USF roared back into the lead with a 9-0 run that was capped off by Rideau’s three with 6:11 to play.

Three ties followed before Christian Vital’s free throw put UConn ahead, 53-52, with 1:16 remaining. Collins’ free throws tipped the score back into USF’s favor, but Alterique Gilbert’s floater in the paint with 48 seconds remaining started a 4-0 UConn run.

Two more free throws by Collins got the Bulls back within one with 28 seconds left and the sophomore had a chance to tie it with 3.5 seconds on the clock. After being fouled from beyond the arc, Collins sank two of three throws and USF couldn’t get a shot off on its final possession to at least force overtime.

USF wraps up a two-game road trip at Tulane on Wednesday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Game broadcast on ESPN3.