1. Sports
  2. /
  3. USF Bulls

USF agrees to 2-for-1 football series with Miami

The Bulls and 'Canes will play twice in Miami, with a ’27 meeting set for Tampa
USF coach Charlie Strong's program will face Florida and Miami six total times over the next decade. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published May 14
Updated May 14

Four days after announcing the annulment of its two-for-one series with Texas, USF confirmed it has agreed to a similar deal with the University of Miami.

The Miami Herald first reported the deal Tuesday morning. The Bulls and ‘Canes will play in Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium twice (Sept. 13, 2025 and Sept. 9, 2028) with a contest in Tampa sandwiched in between (Sept. 4, 2027).

The Bulls’ 2025 non-conference slate now features games at UM (Sept. 13) and Florida (Sept. 6), and home dates against Boise State (Aug. 30) and San Jose State (Sept. 20).

“We are excited to continue to add very high-level opponents with great national interest to our future football schedules,” Bulls second-year athletic director Michael Kelly said in a school news release.

“In the next 10 years we now have six games on the schedule against Florida (2022, ’23 and ’25) and Miami and our student-athletes, coaches and fans look forward to the challenge.”

Related: Strength of schedule? That comes with a whole lot of stress

The Bulls’ non-conference slate through ’28 can be seen here. USF currently has 14 non-conference games against Power Five opposition slated over the next decade, not counting home-and-home series with BYU (2019 and ’21) and Boise (2025 and ’27).

Related: Bulls add home-and-home series with Boise State

Those 14 games include USF’s trip to Texas in ’20. That one contest ― and the $1.9 million UT will pay the Bulls ― resulted from negotiations to annul the teams’ three-game series.

The Bulls and 'Canes have met six times, with UM holding a 5-1 advantage. They haven’t faced each other since UM’s 49-21 romp at Raymond James Stadium in 2013, the fourth contest of the Willie Taggart era.

Contact Joey Knight at Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.


  1. USF quarterback Blake Barnett (11) tackled by SMU linebacker JC Rispress (32) while throwing during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 28. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The graduate transfer quarterback injured his ankle against SMU.
  2. Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) celebrates his touchdown reception with wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (89) and tight end Kyle Pitts (84) in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) GERALD HERBERT  |  AP
    Sports Day Tampa Bay: Times college football writer Matt Baker discusses Florida-South Carolina, USF-Navy, FSU-Wake Forest and the conference already out of the College Football Playoff picture.
  3. Florida head coach Dan Mullen prepares to take the field with his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Some mid-year thoughts on the Florida Gators, FSU Seminoles, USF Bulls, plus some predictions for what happens next.
  4. USF quarterback Jordan McCloud (12), scoring a touchdown during the second half against BYU, had to wear a glove on his injured throwing hand to help him grip the ball. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    Additionally, the redshirt freshman continues nursing an injured shoulder
  5. USF quarterback Jordan McCloud (12) runs past BYU defensive lineman Zac Dawe (99) for a touchdown behind Bulls guard Demetris Harris during the second half of Saturday's 27-23 triumph at Raymond James Stadium. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The Bulls’ resurgent offensive line has helped spark a two-game win streak
  6. Former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers was drafted by the XFL's Tampa Bay Vipers on Tuesday.
    The XFL club selects the record-setting Bulls quarterback as a running back.
  7. A Navy ROTC cadet matches his pushups with the USF-Navy score during a 2016 game at Raymond James Stadium. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    A stout defense and sleek quarterback have sparked the Midshipmen’s resurgence.
  8. USF point guard LaQuincy Rideau (3) was named to the coaches preseason All-American Athletic Conference first team on Monday. JONES  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Bulls point guard Laquincy Rideau is a first-team pick on the preseason all-conference squad
  9. USF defensive lineman Kelvin Pinkney (96) celebrates the stop against BYU during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    Suddenly, bowl eligibility doesn’t seem so far-fetched for the Bulls.
  10. BYU quarterback Baylor Romney (16) is stopped on fourth down by the USF defense during the second half Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    Journal: The school also announces $2.5 million in athletic department donations, a good chunk of which will go toward an indoor practice facility.