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No, this isn’t what any of us wanted either, but here we are. And hey, at least you know your way around by now?! USF is headed back to the Birmingham Bowl for a second straight Christmas week and the the third time in 11 years.

Let’s try to get past all the gloom and doom that many of you (and sometimes myself) have vented to this here blog about, and go win a football game! After all, Birmingham has treated USF well over the years. A win over (now) division rival East Carolina in 2006, a thrilling overtime victory over SEC-foe South Carolina last year, and now another shot at a Power Five opponent in Texas Tech.

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Kickoff this time around is set for 11 a.m. local time at Legion Field on Saturday, December 23rd. Let’s talk tickets.

Please purchase your tickets directly through USF. You can directly improve the school and leagues bowl tie-ins by doing so. How? Bowls factor these types of things in when selecting teams and working out contracts. The more interest you show, the more it helps USF in the long run.

Check out usfbowlcentral.com where you can purchase ticket and parking packages. Hotels, events and alumni info is all conveniently listed on there as well. Please head there before you plan or book anything.

We also need your help in gauging how interested you would be in a couple different ways of traveling to Birmingham, and/or if you are even interested in going to this game at all.

PLEASE take this quick three-question survey!

In no world will I ever call Birmingham a “destination”, however I don’t think it’s as bad as everyone makes it out to be. The food and restaurant scene is on the rise, Uptown is a nice district and I enjoyed some cool, hip breweries during my last visit. We will put together a more in-depth city guide for you as the game nears.

The newest addition to downtown Birmingham though is sure to really excite you...

Kirby Hocutt, mostly known for his chairman role on the College Football Playoff committee, also happens to be the Texas Tech athletic director. A position he has held since 2011. Hocutt is sure to be in attendance for this game and Bulls fans want to represent well, no? After all, we weren't quite sure his committee knew the American Athletic Conference existed the majority of this season. Let’s change that.

Speaking of non-destinations, Lubbock, Texas is where you can count on many Red Raiders fans making the trip over from to cheer on their team to a winning season and first bowl win since 2013.

So be there, Bulls fans. Be loud, be proud. You won’t see a USF team like this for a bit. Let us know below or via the survey above how we can help to get you there or at least pique your interest.