Top 5 Rivals for the South Florida Bulls
For a team and program less then 15 years old, the South Florida Bulls have been a part of some big time Gridiron battles. USF has had itself in contention to win the Big East title, but they have yet to cash in for the prize.
From icy battles in Storrs, to burning hot battles at home in Tampa the bulls have done it all in a short period of time.
As the program grows over the next ten years, these rivalries will only continue to grow with more history. Here are the top 5 USF rivals since entering the Big East.
Both of these programs are very young to the Division 1 level and with that brings little history. But the last two meetings between these two schools have been hard fought, with the home team winning both times.
With these two enjoying great success at such a young age, when they meet each team makes sure to leave it all on the turf.
The last two games played between these two, no team scored over 20 points. As they say, when UCONN and USF play, it is a good ole slobber knocker of a football game.
The Cardinals and the Bulls have a very strange series going on in the Big East. No matter who comes back for either team, the rank of the team, how each are performing so far in the season, or any other factor they both cannot beat each other on the road.
And most of the beatings in this series have been major blow-outs. With Louisville looking like it will struggle this season, you can expect the same kind of result when the Cardinals visit Tampa later this year.
Being that Louisville will be the road team this year, a blowout of the cardinals seems destined to happen.
3. West Virginia
This one is very interesting to say the least. Who would have every predicted that USF would take two out of three games against West Virginia in its first three years in the Big East.
USF has become a very big thorn in the Mountaineers side, the Bulls have beaten West Virginia in Morgantown and back home in Tampa.
In both cases West Virginia was the heavily favored team to win, but somehow USF pulled off the upset in consecutive years.
You may wonder, why Rutgers at #2? Well, there are a few reasons for the Scarlet Knights being in such a high spot.
The series has been dominated by Rutgers win total wise, the Scarlet Knights leading 3-1; but some great games have been played between these two.
Add in the loss in New Jersey by the Bulls when ranked No. 2 in the country and the Scarlet Knights stealing a D-1 opponent off of the USF schedule for 2009, and you can see why these two are starting to really hate each other.
1. Central Florida
At No. 1 we have the Knights of a more Golden nature.
Central Florida battles South Florida in just about every sport each year. And traditionally it has been South Florida dominating overall.
In football this rivalry had many close games, but even when USF did not play very well UCF just could not get a win. The Bulls lead the series 4-0.
These two teams and Schools hate each other, the campuses are located just over an hour away. One in beautiful Tampa Bay, the other in the ever growing Metro Orlando Area.
The Battle on 1-4 happens in all of the Major College sports besides football, the football rivalry was stopped after the 2007 season.
Hopefully, one day these two Florida schools win once again meet on the gridiron.