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Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 01:08

Entering the first year of college is a new experience for every freshman. With a self-chosen schedule, larger classes, and on-campus living, every day is filled with decisions. Thanks to limited time and overlapping schedules, choosing which athletic events to attend can become another tough decision.

The Oracle predicts the six must-see games of the season.

Football 

Florida State Seminoles, Raymond James Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 29 (Time TBA)

The focus of most fans’ atten- tion, many students choose to attend multiple football games. For a student looking to get as many sports in as possible, however, the clear choice for one football game is the Bulls’ date with their in-state rival, the Seminoles. The game will be a rematch of USF’s 17-7 victory in Tallahassee in 2009, which marked the start of BJ Daniels’ career as the starting quarterback for the Bulls. If both teams enter the game at 4-0, as is expected, ESPN’s College Gameday could travel to Tampa for the first time in USF history.

Men’s Soccer 

Louisville Cardinals,Corbett Soccer Stadium, Wednesday, Oct. 17 (7:00 p.m.)

Though football may be the most widely attended sport, the most successful fall team in 2011 was the USF Men’s Soccer team. After riding the first unbeaten conference season in Big East history to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight, the Bulls look to build on a historic 2011 campaign. In what could prove to be one of the biggest conference games of the team’s season, the Bulls matchup with the Louisville Cardinals, who made the Big East tournament semifinals and the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Women’s Soccer

Louisville Cardinals,Corbett Soccer Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 30 (1:00 p.m.) After their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010, the Bulls were unable to duplicate their success in 2011, missing out on both the Big East and NCAA tournaments.

Led by coach Denise Schilte-Brown and speedy forward Demi Stokes, the Bulls will look to return to the top of the conference. One of their largest hurdles will be the Cardinals, who made the Big East title game and NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2011. USF will look to make their mark during a Sunday afternoon matchup with Louisville, with their fans packing the stadium.

Men’s Basketball 

UCF Knights, USF Sun Dome, Saturday, Nov. 10 (Time TBA)

The Class of 2016 is fortunate, as their time at the university will be marked by the continued improvement of the school’s athletic facilities and sports programs on the rise. The most recent addition to the facilities is the newly renovated Sun Dome, which was opened with 2012 spring commencement ceremonies, and will be home to a men’s basketball team coming off of the most successful season in school history. The Bulls will start their season with a match against fierce rival Central Florida, and fans will be in full-throttle for the reopening of the Sun Dome.

Women’s Basketball 

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, USF Sun Dome, Wednesday, Dec. 5 (Time TBA)

After a season in which the team made the third round of the National Invitational Tournament, the Bulls will look to continue their ascent and attempt to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2005-2006 season. The team will have a big chance to notch a quality out-of-conference win when they play the Eagles in Tampa on December 5. Florida Gulf Coast is coming off of an impressive season, going 29-3, in- cluding an 18-0 conference mark before losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Volleyball 

Georgetown Hoyas, Sun Dome Corral, Sunday, Nov. 11 (2:00 p.m.)

No matter what a team’s re- cord is, the celebration of Senior Day is a guaranteed must- watch. With no other Senior Days listed, incoming freshmen should take advantage of the op- portunity to celebrate with the USF Volleyball team. The team is entering a new era, with the departure of Claire Lessinger and the addition of Courtney Draper, and fans can experience the new-look Bulls while also honoring the team’s outgoing seniors during the Veteran’s Day weekend.

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