The agreement announced this week between the Big East Conference and its bowl affiliations gives the USF football team a lot of incentives and has to be pleasing to its fans.
The Big East has tie-ins with six bowls, which is quite a bit considering there are only eight teams in the conference. The league renewed its agreement with the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg and the Papjohns.com in Birmingham Alabama, which will played January 8th next year.
The conference’s latest affiliation is with the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl in Memphis where the Big East could send a representative to play the champion of Conference USA or a team from the SEC.
Other new bowls for the Big East Conference includes Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando where it will face an opponent from the ACC and the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium where a Big East team will face an opponent from the Big 12.
The Big East also has an affiliation with the Meinke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina where it faces and ACC team. In 2005, USF made its inaugural bowl appearance there.
USF is 3-2 in bowl games, with appearances in the Car Care Bowl, Sun Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl and now defunct International Bowl last season. The Big East had six teams bowl eligible last season.
The Bulls bowl victories have come against non-BCS teams while its losses have come to North Carolina State in the Car Care Bowl and Oregon in the Sun Bowl.