TAMPA, SEPT. 2, 2014 (via USF Communications) – The University of South Florida football program will continue its trend of strong non-conference scheduling as USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan announced a home-and-home series with Syracuse University beginning next season.
The Bulls renewed series with the Orange, a BIG EAST Conference foe from 2005-12, will mark the fourth ACC team scheduled to visit Raymond James Stadium since 2013 when they visit Tampa on Oct. 10, 2015. The Bulls will return the trip the following season when USF visits the Carrier Dome on Sept. 17, 2016.
“We are very excited to renew a home-and-home series with a program with the tradition and history of Syracuse,” Harlan said. “We are committed to playing a very competitive non-conference schedule against some of the top programs in the country and it is exciting to be able to bring these programs to Tampa and continue our tradition of facing top level opponents in front of our Bulls fans in Raymond James Stadium.”
USF will face one ACC team this season in Raymond James when N.C. State visits on Sept. 13. The Bulls also play home-and-home series with Florida State (2015 & 2016) on future schedules and hosted Miami (Fla.) last season. USF is also playing eight games vs. Big Ten opponents over six seasons (2013-18), including two this year when Maryland visits (Sept. 6) and the Bulls travel to Wisconsin (Sept. 27). The Bulls now have 13 games scheduled vs. “Big Five” opponents between 2013-18, including upcoming home-and-home series vs. Illinois (2017 & 2018), Maryland (2014 & 2015) and Wisconsin (2014 & 2017).
The 2014 game will mark the ninth meeting between USF and Syracuse, which were both members of the BIG EAST from 2005-2012, but the first with Syracuse as a member of the ACC. The Bulls posted a 6-2 mark vs. Syracuse in the eight previous meetings as members of the BIG EAST. USF won the first five meetings between the programs, however the Orange claimed two of the last three, including a thrilling 37-36 victory in Raymond James in the last meeting in 2012.
The Bulls currently have a 6-6 record vs. ACC opponents.
USF posted a 36-31 victory over Western Carolina in the season-opener last Saturday behind a USF and American Athletic Conference record 275 yards rushing from freshman Marlon Mack (Sarasota). Mack also tied a USF record with four rushing touchdowns and set a USF mark with 280 all-purpose yards.
The Bulls face Big Ten foe Maryland this Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Raymond James Stadium. That game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network and can be heard live on the USF/IMG Radio Network (98.7 FM/1010 AM in Tampa). Radio coverage of all USF sporting events will be streamed free on GoUSFBulls.com this season.
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