Report: USF close to home-and-home with Old Dominion
Chances are this isn't the exciting future football scheduling news you'd been hoping for: USF is close to finalizing a home-and-home series with Old Dominion, which will move up to I-A in 2014 and host the Bulls that year in Norfolk, the Virginian-Pilot reported.
ODU, which is set to join Conference USA in 2014, would play USF in Tampa in 2016. The Bulls have two other nonconference games scheduled for 2014, with home games against I-AA Western Carolina and N.C. State.
The Bulls aren't that far removed from their humble beginnings, and it's not the first time USF has given a home-and-home to a I-A fledgling. The Bulls played at Western Kentucky in 2009 during the Hilltoppers' first season in I-A football, getting a 35-13 win in Bowling Green as part of a two-game series. ODU's athletic director, Wood Selig, was at WKU during that series.
ODU went 11-2 in I-AA this season, losing in the second round of the playoffs to Georgia Southern. The school has signed two other multi-game contracts with I-A programs, with a home-and-home with Idaho and a 2-for-1 with Virginia Tech, the Virginian-Pilot reported.