Bulls 2006 Football Schedule Complete

(February 6, 2006) Tampa, Fla. -- Fresh off its first-ever bowl appearance in 2005, the USF football team learned its complete schedule for 2006 today when the BIG EAST Conference allowed schools to release game dates. The Bulls, who open the season September 2 against McNeese State, will play its first two BIG EAST games at home against Rutgers (Sept. 30) and Connecticut (Oct. 7).

The tradeoff involved in two early home dates is a daunting two-game close to the season when the Bulls face road games at Louisville (Nov. 18) and West Virginia (Nov. 25). West Virginia is the defending league champion and heads into the 2006 season with the momentum of a 38-35 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Louisville, meanwhile, finished 9-3 in 2005, and the Cardinals are looking to avenge a 45-14 loss to USF in 2005.

South Florida plays four of its first six games at home and four of the final six on the road. This also marks USF's first-ever 12-game regular season, allowing for five non-conference games against North Carolina (Oct. 14), Kansas (Sept. 23), UCF (Sept. 16), Florida International (Sept. 9) and McNeese State (Sept. 2).

Five of the 12 teams on the schedule played in bowl games this past season, including UCF, Kansas, Louisville, Rutgers and West Virginia. The combined 2005 record of USF's opponents this coming season is 72-64.

USF finished 6-6 in 2005, including a 4-3 mark in its first BIG EAST season. The Bulls played in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, losing 14-0 to North Carolina State in what was the program's 100th game ever. USF is 61-39 in its nine previous seasons of competition, all under head coach Jim Leavitt.

The Bulls return 13 starters – six on offense and seven on defense – in 2006, and spring practice begins March 21. The annual spring game will be April 15 at Raymond James Stadium (time tba).

Season tickets for 2006 range from $119 to $192 and may be purchased by calling 1-800-GoBulls.

(all times tba)

Sept. 2 McNeese St.
Sept. 9 Florida International
Sept. 16 At UCF
Sept. 23 At Kansas
Sept. 30 Rutgers
Oct. 7 Connecticut
Oct. 14 At North Carolina
Oct. 21 At Cincinnati
Nov. 4 Pittsburgh
Nov. 11 Syracuse
Nov. 18 At Louisville
Nov. 25 At West Virginia

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