The Illinois Fighting Illini and the USF Bulls have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2017 and 2018, USF athletics director Doug Woolard announced today.
In the first game of the series, Illinois will travel to face USF at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sept. 9, 2017. The Fighting Illini will then host the final game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Sept. 15, 2018.
Illinois and USF have never met on the football field.
USF is the second non-conference opponent scheduled for Illinois in 2017, joining a recently announced home game vs. Western Kentucky.
For the 2018 season, the Bulls are the first announced non-conference opponent for the Fighting Illini.
The Bulls now have three non-conference games scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Bulls also host Stony Brook and Wisconsin in 2017 and Elon and Michigan State in 2018.