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USF adds 5 home football dates vs. Bethune-Cookman, FAMU

Both schools’ storied marching bands will perform in the games at Raymond James Stadium
USF running back Marlon Mack looks for a hole during a game against Florida A&M Rattlers at Raymond James Stadium in 2015. [Times files]
USF running back Marlon Mack looks for a hole during a game against Florida A&M Rattlers at Raymond James Stadium in 2015. [Times files]
Published Jun. 20, 2019

USF's star-filled non-conference football slate is nearly filled for the next nine seasons.

In the wake of recent splash additions to the non-league schedule (i.e. Miami, Alabama), the Bulls revealed Thursday morning they will host Division I-AA foes Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman a total of five times between 2020 and ’27.

As a result, all except two non-conference slots are filled on the Bulls’ schedule through ’27.

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“Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman both have deep traditions and passionate fan bases and we look forward to a great atmosphere in Raymond James Stadium for these games,” USF athletic director Michael Kelly said in a school news release.

The Rattlers will visit Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 18, 2021; Sept. 23, 2023; and Sept. 18, 2027. B-CU comes to Tampa for its first game ever against USF on Sept. 12, 2020, and returns on Sept. 26, 2026.

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Both programs will bring their storied marching bands to perform at the contests, according to USF.

USF’s only remaining non-conference vacancies through ’27 are Sept. 3, 2022, and Sept. 9, 2023.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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