Bulls' 2017 schedule includes Black Friday date at UCF
After a one-year hiatus, the "War on I-4" is headed back to the earlier part of Thanksgiving weekend.
USF's annual showdown with UCF will be played on Black Friday (Nov. 24) in Orlando, the American Athletic Conference announced Thursday. Last season's contest was played on Saturday of the holiday weekend, but was held on Thanksgiving night or Black Friday from 2013-15.
The release of the complete conference schedule finalizes the Bulls' 2017 slate. In addition to the UCF contest, the Bulls' other non-Saturday games include a Friday night home game against Illinois (Sept. 15) and a home contest against Temple the following Thursday.
Presuming USF's Sept. 2 home opener against Stony Brook kicks off at 7 p.m., the Bulls won't have a home day game until the Oct. 14 homecoming contest against Massachusetts -- at the earliest.
Moreover, the Bulls have no regular season game outside Florida in November.
All kickoff times and broadcast information won't be formally announced until later in the year. The Illinois and Temple games will be televised by ESPN, while the UCF game will be shown on ABC or one of the ESPN networks.
2017 USF schedule
Aug. 26 at San Jose State
Sept. 2 Stony Brook
Sept. 9 at Connecticut
Sept. 15 Illinois (Friday)
Sept. 21 Temple (Thursday)
Sept. 30 at East Carolina
Oct. 14 Massachusetts
Oct. 21 at Tulane
Oct. 28 Cincinnati
Nov. 4 Houston
Nov. 18 Tulsa
Nov. 24 at UCF (Friday)