For the third consecutive season, the University of South Florida Bulls will play on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This time, it could begin USF's first true holiday rivalry.
USF announced its complete 2013 football schedule Wednesday, revealing that coach Willie Taggart's Bulls will travel to Orlando for the program's first matchup against the UCF Knights as Big East Conference foes on Friday, Nov. 29.
Elsewhere, USF travels to Houston for an ESPN Halloween night game on Thursday, Oct. 31. The other 10 games are on Saturdays and the schedule includes three bye weeks.
The regular season concludes with a Dec. 7 game at Rutgers, which is expected to complete its jump to the Big Ten Conference after this season.
The only certain kickoff times are the first two home games at Raymond James Stadium, both at 7 p.m., with McNeese Stadium and Florida Atlantic. The rest of the kickoff times are contingent on television scheduling and might be unknown until just before game week.
Here is the full schedule:
Sat., Aug. 31 vs. McNeese State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 7 at Michigan St.
Sat., Sept. 14 vs. Florida Atlantic, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 21 – Bye
Sat., Sept. 28 vs. Miami
Sat., Oct. 5 vs. Cincinnati*
Sat., Oct. 12 at Connecticut*
Sat., Oct. 19 – Bye
Sat., Oct. 26 vs. Louisville*
Thurs., Oct. 31 at Houston* (ESPN)
Sat., Nov. 9 – Bye
Sat., Nov. 16 vs. Memphis*
Sat., Nov. 23 vs. SMU*
Fri., Nov. 29 at UCF* (ABC/ESPN or ESPN2)
Sat., Dec. 7 at Rutgers*
(*) denotes Big East game