Three weeknight games in USF 2010 schedule
The Big East unveiled its dates for conference football games Wednesday, and USF has three weeknight games in prime time, and no late-season trips to the frigid north.
The Bulls open conference play at home against Syracuse, then have a quick turnaround, playing at West Virginia on ESPN just five days later on a Thursday night. Eight days later, USF travels to Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 22, for an ESPN2 game and after a bye week, the Bulls have a rare Wednesday night game Nov. 3 at home against Rutgers, again on ESPN2.
The last conference road game is Nov. 13 at Louisville, with home games against Pittsburgh (Nov. 20) and Connecticut (Dec. 4). The Bulls have finished the last two seasons in snow on the road because the ACC Championship Game had Raymond James Stadium booked; that game is now in Charlotte.
USF already had posted its five non-conference games -- home dates against I-AA Stony Brook on Sept. 4, Western Kentucky on Sept. 25 and Florida Atlantic on Oct. 2, plus road games at Florida on Sept. 11 and at Miami on Nov. 27.
The bye weeks aren't ideal for USF -- getting a week off in the third week of the season (with an extra week to prepare for Western Kentucky) is odd, and the second bye week gets split up by the weeknight games -- the Bulls will have 12 days to prepare for Rutgers on Nov. 3, then 10 days before traveling to Louisville. Seven Big East teams have byes before conference play, with Connecticut the only exception.
USF's quick turnaround before the West Virginia game is the only instance across the league where a team must play a conference game on the road five days after another game. And Syracuse will likely have an extra week to prepare for its Big East opener against USF.
To make it easier to print out for the fridge:
Sept. 4 Stony Brook
Sept. 11 @ Florida
Sept. 25 Western Kentucky
Oct. 2 Florida Atlantic
Oct. 9 Syracuse
Oct. 14 @ West Virginia
Oct. 22 @ Cincinnati
Nov. 3 Rutgers
Nov. 13 @ Louisville
Nov. 20 Pittsburgh
Nov. 27 @ Miami
Dec. 4 Connecticut
-- One more note: I feel compelled to give credit when someone is confident/crazy enough to mock out all seven rounds of the NFL draft. Draftzoo.com has a seven-round mock, with USF defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul going with the 10th pick to Jacksonville. It has four Bulls in the third round: defensive end George Selvie going early to the Bucs, safety Nate Allen going three picks later to the Eagles, then cornerback Jerome Murphy to the Ravens and receiver Carlton Mitchell to the Chargers. Linebacker Kion Wilson falls to the seventh round and the Ravens.
Again, just one person's opinion, but good for conversation ...