Trying to capitalize on the recent success of back to back 10 win seasons, USF is stepping up their out of conference schedule in future years. On Thursday morning, they announced a new three game series with the University of Louisville to begin in 2022.
It’s not hard to connect the dots that Bulls head coach Charlie Strong was once the boss of the Cardinals as well. The Bulls will play at Louisville, now an ACC member, in 2022 and the Cards will return the home game in September of 2024. Then, as currently agreed to, the Bulls will play at Louisville for the third and final time in 2026.
The two programs have met previously when they were together in the Big East Conference and before that in Conference USA. Louisville leads the all time series at 6-5.
Also on Thursday, USF announced shuffling some other out-of-conference home games including moving their BYU home game, which had been scheduled for 2022, up to 2019 with a home game in Raymond James Stadium. USF will then visit Provo to play the Cougars in 2021.
Already on the Slate for 2018 the Bulls will host Georgia Tech from the ACC and will play a return game at Soldier Field against Lovie Smith and Illinois.
They will also play Big Ten power Wisconsin in 2019 at home.
The Bulls also have a future three game schedule with another of Strong’s former stops, the University of Texas, that will begin in 2020.
Their 2017 out of conference schedule was very weak with a road opener at San Jose State, and home games with FCS Stony Brook and also Illinois, who won only two games all year. The Bulls had a fourth out of league game with UMass postponed by Hurricane Irma. That makeup game will now be in 2022.
So needless to say, USF is doing everything it can in future scheduling to demonstrate their willing to play tough power 5 programs even on the road to help them in terms of college football playoff rankings and postseason.
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