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USF’s 2016 football schedule is now set

The AAC released its 2016 football schedule Tuesday morning, which outlines USF’s road back to a bowl game and, possibly, the AAC championship game.

USF’s home schedule is highlighted by games against presumably-ranked FSU, Navy, Northern Illinois and its homecoming game against UConn. Both FSU and Navy were ranked last season.

The Bulls’ Sept. 24 matchup with the in-state rival Seminoles will be a rematch of last year’s 34-14 loss in Doak Campbell Stadium, which was a closer contest than the score indicated. 

USF also has key conference road rematches with Cincinnati (Oct. 1) and Temple (Oct. 21) — teams USF beat by a combined score of 99-50.

The Bulls have a grueling start to the season in their longest stretch without a bye week since 1999, at nine games. The Bulls’ first break will come following the Salute to Service game against Navy on Sept. 10.

USF’s other non-conference games include Towson (Home, Sept. 3) and Syracuse (Away, Sept. 17).

The only two games slated to be broadcast are Navy and Temple, both on ESPN networks.


DATE                     OPPONENT                                    KICK/TV

Sat., Sept. 3       TOWSON                                         TBA

Sat. Sept. 10      NORTHERN ILLINOIS                    TBA

Sat., Sept. 17     at Syracuse                                     TBA

                           Syracuse, N.Y.

Sat., Sept. 24     FLORIDA STATE                           TBA

Sat., Oct. 1        at Cincinnati*                                   TBA

                          Cincinnati, Ohio

Sat., Oct. 8       EAST CAROLINA*                           TBA

Sat., Oct. 15     UCONN* (Homecoming)                TBA

Fri., Oct. 21      at Temple*                                        TBA/ESPN

                        Philadelphia, Pa.

Fri., Oct. 28      NAVY* (Salute To Service)           TBA/ESPN2

                         Bye Week

Sat., Nov. 12     at Memphis*                                   TBA

                         Memphis, Tennessee

Sat., Nov. 19    at SMU*                                            TBA

                         Dallas, Texas

Sat., Nov. 26     UCF*                                                TBA

Sat., Dec. 3   AAC Championship Game              TBA

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