USF athletic director Mark Harlan announced on Thursday morning the scheduling of a three-game football series with Louisville beginning in 2022.
Here's how the two-for-one series will play out:
- September 24, 2022 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY
- September 21, 2024 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
- September 19, 2026 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY
Here's Mark Harlan's official statement:
“The USF and Louisville programs have featured some of the most exciting players in college football over the last few seasons. We are excited to have Louisville returning to Raymond James Stadium and to add a three-game series with an exciting, top-level opponent with which we share a great deal of history.”
The series will serve as a reunion of former C-USA/Big East/AAC conference foes with the two schools meeting for the first time since Louisville's 34-3 blowout win in 2013.
Having faced the Cards 11 times in school history, the Bulls will be stepping on the field once again with its third most played opponent, just behind UConn and Cincinnati.
As you can see in the video below, one of USF's first highlight moments in the old Big East came in 2005, when it curbstomped a then No. 9 Louisville 45-14 to notch the school's first ever victory over an AP top 25 team.
With the possibility of coaching changes always surrounding both schools, who knows how this game or what these two programs look like four years from now when they do actually play.
Also announced in the press release were a few changes to future schedules.
USF's two-game series with BYU has been moved up with the Cougars now visiting Tampa on October 12, 2019 before heading to Provo, UT in 2021.
The home game versus UMass that was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma this past fall has been rescheduled for October 22, 2022.
The Bulls' return home game versus San Jose State, originally scheduled for September 12, 2020, has been pushed back to September 9, 2023.
After some slight confusion, USF's game at Illinois this upcoming season is still slated to be played at Soldier Field in Chicago on September 15.
And after speculation over whether they'd back out completely, it looks as if Wisconsin will still be paying a visit to Raymond James on August 31, 2019.