USF Bulls’ 2023 football schedule released

Alex Golesh’s first season features a home game against Alabama and a regular-season finale against Charlotte.
USF football coach Alex Golesh's first schedule was announced Tuesday.
USF football coach Alex Golesh's first schedule was announced Tuesday. [ JOEY KNIGHT | Times ]
Published Feb. 21|Updated Feb. 21

USF’s first football season under coach Alex Golesh begins with a trip to Western Kentucky, includes a home game against mighty Alabama and ends with a matchup against new American Athletic Conference member Charlotte.

Though non-conference matchups were previously known, the Bulls’ full schedule became official with Tuesday’s announcement from the AAC.

USF will play five of the incoming AAC members: Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Texas San Antonio, Rice and Alabama Birmingham. The Owls are USF’s new annual conference opponent.

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The Bulls’ schedule does not include a game against War on I-4 rival UCF. The Knights are moving to the Big 12, and the schools were not able to quickly arrange a non-conference matchup (though they have said they are open to doing so in the future).

USF’s marquee opponent will be Sept. 16 against Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. Alabama last played at Raymond James Stadium in the College Football Playoff national championship to close the 2016 season.

The Bulls’ only weeknight game is a trip to face the Roadrunners on Friday, Nov. 17. They’ll also match up against former Bucs quarterback Trent Dilfer, who is the first-year coach at UAB.

USF 2023 football schedule

Sept. 2: at Western Kentucky

Sept. 9: vs. Florida A&M

Sept. 16: vs. Alabama

Sept. 23: vs. Rice

Sept. 30: at Navy

Oct. 7: at Alabama Birmingham

Oct. 14: vs. Florida Atlantic

Oct. 21: at UConn

Oct. 28: off

Nov. 4: at Memphis

Nov. 11: vs. Temple

Nov. 17 (Friday): at Texas San Antonio

Nov. 25: vs. Charlotte

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