South Florida Bulls

South Florida Bulls

About South Florida Bulls

The USF Bulls football team has been active since 1997 and represents the University of South Florida. The Bulls have risen to prominence at a rapid pace. However, due to the program's relative youth, few long-term rivalries have been established. Their main rivals, at present, are the University of Central Florida Knights. The rivalry is sometimes known as the 'War on I-4' and the first game between the teams was played in 2005. South Florida are currently unbeaten against UCF.

Initially competing as an independent in Division I-AA, in 2001 USF moved to Division I-A. The Bulls joined Conference USA ahead of the 2003 season, before joining the Big East Conference in 2005. As of 2013, South Florida will compete in the American Athletic Conference.

To date, USF have an all-time winning record. Since the turn of the 21st century, they have attracted widespread attention, having defeated several top 25 ranked teams, including the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Florida State Seminoles. In the 2007 season, they were ranked in the top 25 in the AP Poll for the first time. In total, the Bulls have competed in six post-season bowl games and currently hold a 4-2 record. Their most recent appearance came in the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl, where they beat the Clemson Tigers.

Notable players to come through the program include Jason Pierre-Paul, Mike Jenkins, Jacquian Williams and George Selvie. All four players went on to play pro football in the National Football League, with Pierre-Paul and Williams becoming Super Bowl champions with the New York Giants.

Since its opening in 1998, the team have played their home games at Raymond James Stadium. The venue, which is sometimes ...