USF-Miami football game moved to Sept. 28, 2013
For the third year in a row, USF football has been asked to shift its rivalry game with Miami off of Thanksgiving weekend, with the Bulls announcing that their final scheduled game with the Hurricanes is moving from Nov. 30, 2013, to Sept. 28.
The Big East in recent years has asked its football schools to keep the final weekends of the regular season open so that conference games can get a spotlight at the end of the year. The league is also smart about lining up its biggest games for the final weekends, so there' a chance another rivalry game could step in on the holiday weekend as USF and UCF will face each other for the first time as Big East rivals.
Shifting the Miami game earlier makes for a challenging first month for new Bulls coach Willie Taggart, whose team is scheduled to play Sept. 7 at Michigan State in the second week of the season. The Bulls have home games against McNeese State (Aug. 30) and Florida Atlantic (Sept. 14), leaving Sept. 21 for either a bye week or an early Big East opener, as USF had this past season against Rutgers.
USF learned its conference opponents for 2013 on Tuesday, with home games against Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis and SMU, as well as road games at Rutgers, Connecticut, UCF and Houston.
The final five games of the USF-Miami series were set up to be a Thanksgiving weekend series, much like Florida-Florida State, but the last two meetings were moved a week earlier to accommodate Big East scheduling.