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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]
USF coach Charlie Strong's program will face Florida and Miami six total times over the next decade. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published May 14, 2019
Updated May 14, 2019

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.”

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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 jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.


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