Monday, December 11, 2017
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Birmingham, Memphis appear USF’s likeliest bowl destinations

Look for USF to land in Birmingham or Memphis — with Florida still an outside possibility — when bowl selections formally are announced Sunday.

At this stage, a return trip to the Birmingham Bowl or a visit to the Liberty Bowl seem the likeliest destinations. The American Athletic Conference has a tie-in with Birmingham and a secondary tie-in to the Liberty if the SEC doesn't have enough teams to fill that slot.

If the SEC gets three teams in the College Football Playoff and New Year's Six set of bowls, it won't have a bowl-eligible team for Memphis, allowing the AAC to send a team there, where it would face a Big 12 opponent.

Memphis could stay home if it loses today's AAC title game against UCF, but it's doubtful the Tigers want to remain in Memphis for the postseason. Hence the reason Memphis in Birmingham and USF in the Liberty remains a plausible scenario.

The Military Bowl in Annapolis remains a possibility, but it's appearing more and more likely Navy will land there (though the Midshipmen no longer have a built-in tie to the Military if they're bowl-eligible).

USF isn't crazy about remaining in Florida for the bowl season, but could be enticed if the opponent (FSU, perhaps?) is favorable. Earlier this week, Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan tweeted USF's primary goal for the bowl is finding a "Solid Power 6 opponent."

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