Saturday, November 25, 2017
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USF Bulls travel outside BCS to fill out schedule

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If it seems like an odd month of travel for USF football, what with trips to Reno, Nev., and Muncie, Ind., in a span of 14 days, you might wonder how many teams in BCS automatic-qualifying conferences have more than one road game against teams not in those BCS leagues.

When USF plays at Ball State on Saturday, it will be one of just three BCS-conference teams to travel to two non-BCS schools — Louisville is doing the same thing with trips to Southern Miss and Florida International, and Washington State has trips to BYU and UNLV. You might as well include Texas A&M, which has a game at Southern Methodist and a neutral-site game at Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, which is much closer to Ruston than it is College Station.

USF got into the scheduling bind when TCU opted not to join the Big East, leaving USF with only seven conference games and needing a late addition to complete its schedule. Nevada presented the best option that offered a home game in return; the Wolf Pack comes to Tampa in 2015.

But facing non-BCS opponents hasn't been a problem for USF — the Bulls haven't lost to one since before they joined the Big East in 2005. In terms of non-conference games against teams from non-BCS leagues, the Bulls have won 44 games in a row, going all the way back to a 52-21 loss at Utah on Oct. 6, 2001.

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