USF headed to Birmingham Bowl (UPDATED)
USF, on the heels of a 10-2 regular season, announced Sunday afternoon it will play South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field.
The Dec. 29 contest fulfills the Bulls' postseason wish list in two aspects: (1) It's a bona fide bowl trip instead of an in-state commute, and (2) it represents a nationally-televised opportunity to garner credibility against a prominent Power Five team.
“This is a great opportunity for our program to go out and show the country what we are all about and add another significant victory to a record-breaking season,” Bulls coach Willie Taggart said in a statement released by USF.
“We wanted to make going to bowl games a regular occurrence again at South Florida, so it’s great to be returning to a bowl for a second straight season and have the opportunity to play an SEC opponent in Birmingham.”
ESPN owns and operates the Birmingham Bowl and will televise the game, which kicks off at 2 p.m. Tickets are $50 each; ticket information can be found here.
USF has made one prior bowl appearance in Birmingham, defeating East Carolina 24-7 in the Papajohns.com Bowl on Dec. 23, 2006, for the program's first bowl triumph.
USF is 1-5 all-time against teams from the SEC, its lone win a 26-23 overtime triumph at Auburn in 2007. It lost its only previous game against South Carolina, falling 34-3 in Columbia in 2004.
“Our student-athletes, coaches and fans are very deserving of this opportunity to finish a record-setting season on a high note," athletic director Mark Harlan said. "I look forward to seeing Bulls Nation represented well in Birmingham.”