Afternoon home kickoffs a rarity for Bulls
When the American Athletic Conference released kickoff times and TV assignments for several games Thursday, the slate was a bit unexpected.
For USF, it was unprecedented.
The Bulls' home games against Maryland (Sept. 6) and North Carolina State (Sept. 13) both kick off at 3:30, marking the first time in USF's 18-season history it will have two home afternoon kickoffs in September.
It equals the total number of September afternoon home kickoffs in USF's previous 17 seasons. Last year's Miami game and the 2007 North Carolina contest both began shortly after noon.
The Maryland and N.C. State games will be televised by CBS Sports Network, the league announced. USF's Aug. 30 season opener, at home against Western Carolina, starts and 7 and will be available on ESPN3. A Friday night home game, Sept. 19 against UConn, starts at 8 and will be shown on ESPN or ESPN2.
Another Friday night game, Oct. 24 at Cincinnati, kicks off at 7 and also will be shown on an ESPN network.