The USF Bulls have repeatedly been adding prominent opponents to their out-of-conference schedules over the next few years. Well, on Thursday they did a deal with the most successful and noteworthy college football program of the last decade.
USF announced a three game contract with the Alabama Crimson Tide that will begin with the Bulls hosting Bama in September of 2023:
🚨 SCHEDULE ALERT 🚨
3-game series starts in Tampa in 2023
— USF Football (@USFFootball) May 23, 2019
This continued USF’s philosophy of being willing to take on power 5 opponents, even if it means, giving them a second home game in the three-game deal. The Bulls did this same deal a week ago with the Miami Hurricanes putting them back on their future schedules beginning in 2025 in South Florida.
USF also felt the disadvantage of these advanced schedule deals with “Power 5” programs that have a “war chest of money,” as Texas decided to opt out of the remaining two years of their three-year deal. They will now only play USF in the September of 2020 game in Austin. As part of the buyout of that deal, USF will make $1.9 million to play the one game against the Longhorns.
“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. “We now have 15 games scheduled vs. SEC and ACC opponents in the next 10 years and I think our fans are really excited to see those teams come to Tampa as well as the opportunity to travel and cheer on the Bulls in those destinations. It’s going to be a lot of fun to be a USF fan.”
USF will return the games to the Crimson Tide in Septembers of 2024 and 2026.
The Bulls previously played Alabama in Birmingham in 2003 for the only meeting between the two programs in history, and, as the Bulls statement points out: they now have 17 non-conference game scheduled against Power Six” opponents coming in the next decade.
USF will open it’s third season under coach Charlie Strong in prime time on Friday night August 30th ,when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers. They will play at Georgia Tech the following week and host BYU later in October as part of their out-of-conference play this season.
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