USF football further filled out its future non-conference schedule on by announcing five future games versus in-state MEAC foes Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman on Thursday.
SCHEDULE ALERT— USF Football (@USFFootball) June 20, 2019
Bulls ink several home dates with in-state programs Bethune-Cookman & Florida A&M to visit Raymond James Stadium.
✅ FAMU to visit Tampa in 2021, 2023 & 2027
✅ Bethune-Cookman to come to Tampa in 2020 & 2026
USF VP of Athletics Michael Kelly in the official press release:
“We are excited to add five home games vs. a pair of in-state programs and to be able to continue to build and highlight the great tradition of college football in the state of Florida, “ Kelly said. “Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman both have deep traditions and passionate fan bases and we look forward to a great atmosphere in Raymond James Stadium for these games.”
Initially reported by FBSschedules.com, the Bulls will host FAMU on Sept. 18, 2021 and will receive return trips from the Rattlers at Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 23, 2023, and Sept. 18, 2027. The 2021 game will mark the first meeting between the two schools since USF’s 51-3 victory in 2015.
On the other end, USF will face Bethune-Cookman for the first time in program history. They’ll host the Wildcats from Daytona Beach on Sept. 12, 2020, and Sept. 26, 2026.
- USF would owe FAMU $1.39 million if the Bulls cancel the first game prior to 9/19/2021; $949k for the second game between 9/18/2021-9/24/2023; $475k for the third game between 9/23/2023-9/19/2027. FAMU would owe USF a whopping $2.78 million if the Rattlers canceled the first game. Don’t expect FAMU to cancel any of these games.
- USF would owe Bethune-Cookman $890k if the Bulls cancel the first game prior to 9/12/2020; $465k for the second game between 9/12/2020-9/26/2026. Bethune-Cookman would owe USF $1.78 million for buying out the first game, then $930k for the second game.
USF now has only two non-conference spots to fill through 2027, one in 2022 and the other in 2023. We’ll see what Mike Kelly has up his sleeve when filling those two slots.