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USF announces 2011 football schedule
USF announces 2011 football schedule

Tampa, FL-- The USF Bulls announced its 2011 football season on Friday, highlighted by a road trip to Notre Dame to start the season, and a home game with Miami.

The Bulls will open the 2011 season at Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 3. That game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. (EST) and will be aired nationally by NBC.

 The Bulls will continue non-conference action for three straight weeks when they host Ball State (Sept. 10), Florida A&M (Sept. 17) and UTEP (Sept. 24). In a short week, USF will open BIG EAST play at Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 29. That game will kickoff at 8 p.m. (EST) and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

 Following an open date, USF will travel to Connecticut on Sat., Oct. 15, followed by a home date with Cincinnati on Sat., Oct. 22. After another open date, the Bulls will play two consecutive road games, at Rutgers on Sat., Nov. 5 and at Syracuse on Fri., Nov. 11. The Syracuse game is scheduled to kickoff at 8 p.m. (EST) and will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

 USF will host three consecutive home games to finish up the regular season, starting with the Miami (Fla.) game on Sat., Nov. 19. It will then welcome Louisville on Fri., Nov. 25 before the regular-season finale versus West Virginia on Thursday, Dec. 1.

 USF finished the 2010 season by going 8-5 and winning the Meineke Car Care Bowl over Clemson, 31-26. The Bulls extended their streak of eight-win seasons to five, making them one of just 15 teams nationally to win eight games in each of the last five years. In addition, USF played in its sixth consecutive bowl game, having won each of the last three. USF is one of just six programs nationally that has reached postseason play in each year as a BCS league member and is one of just four programs that has won three consecutive bowl games.

Complete 2011 Schedule

Sat., Sept. 3            at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m., NBC)

Sat., Sept. 10          Ball State

Sat., Sept. 17          Florida A&M

Sat., Sept. 24          UTEP

Thu., Sept. 29         at Pittsburgh* (8 p.m., ESPN)

Sat., Oct. 15            at Connecticut*

Sat., Oct. 22            Cincinnati*

Sat., Nov. 5             at Rutgers*

Fri., Nov. 11            at Syracuse* (8 p.m., ESPN2)

Sat., Nov. 19           Miami (Fla.)

Fri., Nov. 25            Louisville* (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

Thu., Dec. 1             West Virginia* (8pm, ESPN)

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