(via USF Communications) - The University of South Florida will play three nationally televised Friday night contests during their 2014 American Athletic Conference schedule it was announced Tuesday when the conference released schedule dates for all 11 conference teams for the 2014 season. Kickoff times and television arrangements will be announced at a later date.
The Bulls will play two of those Friday conference dates in Raymond James Stadium along with five Saturday home dates overall. The first Friday date will be the Bulls conference opener vs. UConn on Fri., Sept. 19, which is slated for broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2. The second will be the regular season finale vs. UCF on the Friday after Thanksgiving on Nov. 28, which will also have a national network broadcast to be designated at a later date. The Bulls will play two other home American Conference games vs. East Carolina (Sat., Oct. 11) and Houston (Sat., Nov. 1).
Those games are in addition to previously announced USF non-conference match-ups in Raymond James Stadium with Western Carolina (Aug. 30), Maryland (Sept. 6) and North Carolina State (Sept. 13) and a road contest at Wisconsin (Sept. 27). The Bulls’ schedule will feature six teams that reached a bowl game last season, including Maryland and Wisconsin from the Big Ten, with four of those teams visiting Raymond James Stadium.
The Bulls American Conference road dates will begin with a first-ever trip to Tulsa on Sat., Oct. 18, followed by a Friday road date at Cincinnati on Oct. 24, that is set for broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2. USF will also make a first-ever road trip to SMU on Sat., Nov. 15 and will close out the conference road schedule at Memphis on Sat., Nov. 22.
USF will not play Temple, for the second straight season, or Tulane in the eight-game conference schedule. The American expands from 10 to 11 teams for the 2014 season with the additions of East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa and the departures of Rutgers to the Big Ten and Louisville to the ACC. The conference will grow to 12 teams in 2015 with the addition of Navy.
2014 USF FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sat Aug 31st - vs Western Carolina
Sat Sept 6th - vs Maryland
Sat Sept 13th - vs NC State
Sat Sept 19th - vs UCONN
Sat Sept 27th - AT Wisconsin
Sat Oct 11th - vs East Carolina
Sat Oct 18th - AT Tulsa
Sat Oct 24th - AT Cincinnati
Sat Nov 1st - vs Houston
Sat Nov 15th - AT SMU
Sat Nov 22nd - AT Memphis
Fri Nov 28th - vs UCF