USF and Florida State Agree To Home-and-Home Series

January 07, 2009
J. Meric

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The University of South Florida football program officially announced a home-and-home agreement with Florida State that will begin in Tallahassee during the 2009 season. 

The first meeting in the series will take place at Doak Campbell Stadium on Sept.26 of the upcoming season.  USF will host the Seminoles at Raymond James on Sept. 29, 2012.

The addition of the Seminoles completes the 2009 non-conference schedule, which also includes in-state foes FIU (Sept. 19) and Miami (Nov. 28), plus Western Kentucky (Sept. 12) and Wofford (Sept. 5).  USF will also play West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville at home during the 2009 season.  The dates and times for BIG EAST opponets will not be announced until the Spring.

“This is a milestone moment for our program and a tremendous opportunity for our players,” said USF head coach Jim Leavitt.  “Florida State has a great football tradition and we have a tremendous amount of respect for them.  They will present our team with a great challenge and we embrace that.”

The Bulls and Seminoles have never played each other in football. USF does have a six-game winning streak against teams that hail from the state of Florida, dating back to a 2005 loss to Miami.

The trend of playing Florida-based schools will continue with additional games against Miami, Florida and FAU in the coming years.  The 2009 home game with Miami is the beginning of a six-game agreement with the Hurricanes.  The Bulls will travel to Florida in 2010 and 2015 and also have two games remaining with FAU (2010 and 2013).

The addition of FSU shifts the Indiana game, which was previously scheduled for 2012, to 2015.  USF will now play Indiana in Tampa on 2015 and at IU in 2016. Also, the Michigan State game, previously scheduled for 2012, has been moved to 2017.

"Scheduling can be a complex endeavor due to the ramifications one change initiates, so I appreciate the cooperation I've received from my colleagues," said Director of Athletics Doug Woolard. "This is another series our loyal fans will appreciate and will provide another national platform for football program." 

All schedules are tentative.  Game times and television coverage for the 2009 season will be announced at a later date.

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