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AAC reveals 2020-21 football schedules in non-division format

For now, USF retains home-and-home matchups with four East Division foes
Cincinnati running back Michael Warren II (3) barrels through USF's defense for a first down during the fourth quarter of the Bearcats' 20-17 win Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls and Bearcats will continue meeting on a home-and-home basis through at least 2021. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
Cincinnati running back Michael Warren II (3) barrels through USF's defense for a first down during the fourth quarter of the Bearcats' 20-17 win Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls and Bearcats will continue meeting on a home-and-home basis through at least 2021. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Nov. 18
Updated Nov. 18

Less than five months after Connecticut’s move to the Big East was formalized, the American Athletic Conference has announced the 2020-21 football scheduling models for its remaining 11 teams.

For USF, that means home-and-home series with current East Division rivals UCF, Cincinnati, Temple and East Carolina remain intact, at least through ’21. Additionally, the Bulls ― like their league peers ― will face every other AAC team at least once during the two-year cycle.

MORE BULLS: USF-UCF to kick off at 8 p.m. Nov. 29

The model, which features no divisional format, was approved unanimously by AAC athletic directors during their fall meetings last week in Philadelphia, commissioner Mike Aresco said.

“This scheduling model provides balance and competitive equity and will contribute to the exciting seasons to which we have become accustomed in the American Athletic Conference,” Aresco said in a league news release.

The only noticeable glitch: USF hosts Tulsa both years. The math involved with crunching the league schedule resulted in three instances where a game between two teams will be at the same site both years.

All the conference’s 2020 and ’21 schedules can be seen here. The procedures for determining the participants in the AAC title game haven’t been determined.

USF’s 2020-21 football schedules

(Dates for conference games TBD)

2020 Non-conference: at Texas (Sept. 5), Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 12), Nevada (Sept. 19), at FAU (Sept. 26)

Conference home: UCF, East Carolina, Navy, Tulsa

Conference road: Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, Temple

2021 Non-conference: at N.C. State (Sept. 2), Florida (Sept. 11), FAMU (Sept. 18), at BYU (Sept. 24)

Conference home: Cincinnati, Houston, Temple, Tulsa

Conference road: UCF, East Carolina, SMU, Tulane

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