The University of South Florida’s 2012 football schedule will have a new wrinkle that makes you wonder if it might have been influenced by the presence of new Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Greg Schiano.
For the first time since 2007 USF will play a Big East Conference game in September and it will be at home against Rutgers, the team Schiano coached for 11 years before accepting the Bucs job.
In fact September will be a big month for the Bulls. Besides Rutgers they play Florida State on September 29th at Raymond James Stadium in their second meeting and first since USF beat Seminoles in Tallahassee 17-7 three years ago.
USF opens its season Saturday September 1st at home against FCS Tennessee-Chattanooga. The following week it travels west to Reno to face the University of Nevada. The Rutgers game is scheduled for September 15th though it could change slightly and on the 22nd USF will be on the road at Ball State.
The Bulls will be in Philadelphia on Oct 6th to face Big East Conference newcomer Temple. After a bye, USF has three straight conference games beginning at Louisville and then home against Syracuse and Connecticut.
Following another bye, the Bulls travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes November 17th and then head to Cincinnati the next Friday game on ESPN on November 23d. They finish up their season at home December 1st against Pittsburgh in nationally televised game.
Complete 2012 Schedule
Sat., Sept. 1 UT-Chattanooga
Sat., Sept. 8 at Nevada
Sat., Sept. 15 Rutgers* (Date subject to change)
Sat., Sept. 22 at Ball St.
Sat., Sept. 29 Florida St. (ABC/ESPN or ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 6 at Temple*
Sat., Oct. 13 BYE
Sat., Oct. 20 at Louisville*
Sat., Oct. 27 Syracuse*
Sat., Nov. 3 UConn*
Sat., Nov. 10 BYE
Sat., Nov. 17 at Miami
Fri., Nov. 23 at Cincinnati* (ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Dec. 1 Pittsburgh* (ABC/ESPN or ESPN2)
* - BIG EAST Conference games