In a way, Sunday’s college football bowl announcements represented the final insult to USF’s abysmal year.
While it sits out the bowl season, its rival will spend it smack in the Bulls’ back yard.
The Knights (9-3) will face Marshall (8-4) in the Dec. 23 Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.; the game will be televised by ESPN.
Marshall is the reigning Gasparilla champ, having topped USF 38-20 on a rainy night last December.
The Knights and Thundering Herd have appeared in this bowl contest ― known by several different sponsorship names during its dozen years in existence ― three times each, but never against each other.
Marshall, undefeated in this bowl, has won six of its past seven including a 36-31 road victory against Conference USA champ FAU. It heads to Tampa ranked 40th nationally in scoring defense (23.1 ppg), one spot behind UCF (22.8).
The Knights, who entered the season seeking a third consecutive New Year’s Six bowl trip, rank fourth nationally with 536.6 yards a game.
For ticket information, go to www.gasparillabowl.com.