USF, FSU in talks for future football games
Encouraging news on the football scheduling front for USF, as Rob Wilson, FSU's associate athletic director for communications, confirmed Wednesday that the Seminoles are in talks with USF about trying to line up future football games.
Wilson's confirmation follows comments by FSU athletic director Randy Spetman during Saturday's FSU spring game that the Seminoles were in discussions with USF and Georgia about playing future games. USF and FSU played in 2009 and 2012, with the Bulls winning 17-7 in Tallahassee in 2009, then FSU winning 30-17 last fall before a record crowd of 69,383 at Raymond James Stadium.
FSU's nonconference schedule is full in 2013-14, so the earliest the in-state rivalry could resume would be 2015; USF has two openings on its 2014 schedule, with a single opening in 2015. USF hasn't added a game with a major-conference opponent in more than four years, since announcing the initial home-and-home series with FSU in January 2009.
FSU would be nearly ideal for USF's nonconference schedule, with a road game close enough for Bulls fans to drive to, and a home game with a good chance to sell out in Tampa. As it stands, the Bulls have no specific future dates against the state's traditional three football powers -- FSU, Florida and Miami -- after the Hurricanes come to Tampa this fall. The Bulls have faced those three schools a combined seven times in the past four seasons, winning in Tallahassee in 2009 and at Miami in 2010.