Syracuse, USF announce football series

Syracuse will face South Florida in non-conference matchups over the next two seasons.

Syracuse athletics confirmed previous reports that the Orange and South Florida have agreed to a home and home football series starting next season.

Full release from Syracuse athletics:

The Syracuse football program will continue its trend of strong non-conference scheduling as Syracuse Director of Athletics Daryl Gross announced a home-and-home series with the University of South Florida beginning next season.

The Orange renewed series with the Bulls - a BIG EAST Conference foe from 2005-12 - will start with a visit Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Oct. 10, 2015. The Bulls will return the trip the following season when USF visits the Carrier Dome on Sept. 17, 2016.

“This series gives our program important exposure in Florida, and renews a budding rivalry we had before joining the ACC. This gives many of our student-athletes a chance to play in front of their friends and family, and solidifies our upcoming schedule with quality opponents across the board,” said Syracuse Director of Athletics Daryl Gross.

Syracuse has already added LSU to the 2015 schedule, with the Tigers making a visit to the Carrier Dome on September 26, in a game that will mark the first regular season contest between the two clubs. Syracuse will also host Rhode Island on September 5 and Central Michigan on September 19, 2015 to round out the non-conference portion of the schedule.

The 2015 game between the Orange and the Bulls will mark the ninth meeting between USF and Syracuse, but the first with Syracuse as a member of the ACC. Syracuse won two of the last three games in the series, including a thrilling 37-36 victory in Raymond James in the last meeting in 2012. USF leads the overall series 6-2.

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