A weeknight home contest, the scheduling scourge for most USF fans, will afflict the Bulls only minimally this season.
The Bulls’ 2020 slate was finalized Tuesday with the American Athletic Conference’s release of is complete fall slate, which no longer features divisional play now that Connecticut has departed. The Bulls open their AAC schedule Oct. 3 at Cincinnati and close it with the traditional Black Friday contest against UCF on Nov. 27 at Raymond James Stadium.
Aside from the UCF game, held on Thanksgiving weekend every year since 2013, the Bulls’ only other weeknight contest will be at home against Tulsa on Oct. 23. Excluding the Knights game, USF has had at least one weeknight contest at home in six of the AAC’s eight seasons of existence, including three in 2017.
Eight of the Bulls’ 12 foes reached a bowl game last season, and five won at least 10 games. Excluding Division I-AA Bethune-Cookman, the combined ’19 winning percentage of USF’s opponents is .629.
Kickoff times and broadcast information will be released at a later date, though the Tulsa and UCF contests will be shown on ESPN. The Tulsa game, on a Friday, is certain for a prime-time start.
The Bulls’ only open date this season will be on Halloween weekend.
The AAC title game, featuring the league’s two best teams (divisional format has been abolished with Connecticut’s departure), will be held Dec. 5 and broadcast either on ABC or ESPN. Tie-breaker procedures for participation in the title game will be determined at the conference’s upcoming spring meetings.
The 2020 season will be the AAC’s first under its media-rights extension with ESPN, meaning a number of games will be live-streamed on ESPN+. A minimum 40 conference-controlled games will be televised on a traditional ESPN network or ABC.
2020 USF schedule
Sept. 5 at Texas
Sept. 12 Bethune-Cookman
Sept. 19 Nevada
Sept. 26 at FAU
Oct. 3 at Cincinnati
Oct. 10 East Carolina
Oct. 17 at Temple
Oct. 23 Tulsa (Friday)
Nov. 7 at Memphis
Nov. 14 at Houston
Nov. 21 Navy
Nov. 27 UCF (Friday)