In the wake of announcing home-and-home football deals with Louisville and North Carolina State, Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan offered additional encouraging news about future USF schedules.The days of Division I-AA opposition may be ending. Or dissipating considerably.Speaking on his school-produced podcast Tuesday, Harlan said he and Coach Charlie Strong's philosophy going forward is to attempt to play at least two Power Five programs — and perhaps three — annually."We both want to get away from playing (I-AA) schools," Harlan said. "I don't think it does us a great service to play too many of those. And I'm saying that with all due respect; there are some incredible (I-AA) programs and some that are on our schedule."But going forward, when we're in a situation where we have to play a (I-AA) school, because we maybe have a gap, we're going to look for schools in this region (i.e. Bethune-Cookman, FAMU) that we can play."Related: USF sets 2-game football series with N.C. StateThe Bulls play one I-AA opponent — Elon at home in the season opener — this fall, but currently don't have another scheduled through 2026. By contrast, they faced at least one I-AA foe every year from 2000 (the year they transitioned to Division I) to 2017.Though some non-conference vacancies remain in upcoming schedules, the Bulls already have 11 games against Power Five opposition slated over the next seven seasons, not including a two-game home-and-home series with BYU."Charlie and I have had a lot of talks about what the philosophy needs to be," Harlan said. "And the philosophy is simple, and we are in complete alignment on this: We want to play the best, at all times, whenever and wherever we can. That's what we are attempting to do."And the very best have to want to play you. It's a two-way street, and then you have to contractually come to an agreement."