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USF headed back to Birmingham Bowl

USF will play in the Birmingham Bowl for the second year in a row, this time against Texas Tech
USF quarterback Quinton Flowers, the program's career total yardage leader, will play his final collegiate game at the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 23.
USF quarterback Quinton Flowers, the program's career total yardage leader, will play his final collegiate game at the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 23.
Published Dec. 3, 2017
Updated Dec. 3, 2017

A regular season that many Bulls fans likely would describe as underwhelming now will feature a bowl trip to match.

USF (9-2), a preseason favorite to win the American Athletic Conference and earn a Peach Bowl berth, instead will make a second consecutive Birmingham Bowl appearance, this time against 6-6 Texas Tech of the Big 12.

The Dec. 23 game kicks off at noon EST — 11 a.m. Birmingham time — and will be televised on ESPN. USF topped South Carolina, 46-39, in overtime in last year's contest.

Clearly, offense will be the draw in this year's matchup. USF enters with the nation's ninth-ranked offense (508.6 ypg); Texas Tech is 17th (468.4).

"This is an exciting bowl matchup and a chance for our team and this tremendous senior class to close the 2017 season with a win," USF coach Charlie Strong said in a school news release.

"It's the third straight bowl game for our program and a chance to go out and try to beat an exciting opponent and get to double-digit wins for a second straight year. Our guys are excited to play."

The Red Raiders dropped five of their last seven games — leading to speculation over Coach Kliff Kingsbury's future — but defeated Texas 27-23 in their regular season finale to earn bowl eligibility.

The Bulls and Red Raiders share Houston as a common opponent. Texas Tech defeated the Cougars 27-24 in late September; Houston upset USF 28-24 on Oct. 28.

Birmingham Bowl tickets are $50 for seats and may be reserved by visiting GoUSFBulls.com or calling 1-800-GoBulls. Information on discount tickets for USF students can be found here.