Representing University of South Florida
The Bulls represent the football team of the University of South Florida. The team is placed in the Division I of the NCAA. The Bulls are a part of the American Athletic Conference. The history of college football goes back to 1997 when the Bulls were made a part of the Division I of the AA independent. Four years later, the Bulls were moved up to 1-A, then in 2003 to Conference USA and eventually to the coveted Big East Conference in 2005. At the same time, in recognition of the level of play, the Bulls were also included in the Big East Conference tie-ins such as the ‘Bowl Championship Series.
Better Infrastructure leads to better players
With more exposure and recognition at the national level, the Bulls have been able to upgrade their facilities and infrastructure. This move has paid dividends in the form of better players opting for the program. The newly constructed Raymond James Stadium is state of the art and is very impressive.
The Bulls have developed a reputation for being dark horses and capable of causing massive upsets. The first of these occurred in 2005 when the top ten ranked University of Louisville team was routed by the Bulls in its first major victory over a Big East opponent. The victory enabled the Bulls to gain votes in the AP college poll. The Bulls reinforced their tag as dark horses when they followed up their inaugural victory by defeating higher ranked teams in the coming years. These included number 7 ranked West Virginia, number 17 ranked Auburn University and number 5 ranked West Virginia again.
Ranked for the first time
The Bull’s defeat of Auburn University was sweeter than usual because the victory allowed the team to be nationally ranked for the first time. According to the AP poll, the Bulls were placed at number 23 nationally. While according to USA Today, the team was ranked at number 24. In any case, the relative late blooming South Florida Bulls were able to break the record for the least number of years taken by a I-A division school to achieve a ranking in the Top 25. The previous record had been held by Boise State which had needed 115 AP polls over seven years. South Florida Bulls took 104 AP polls over seven years. Better things were yet to come as on 14 October, 2007 the Bulls were able to clinch a Top five ranking. The Bulls were ranked at number two, three and two respectively by the AP, Coaches and BCS polls. The Bulls had a fall from this high, losing three games which saw them drop out of the rankings.
Hallmark of a champion
Displaying the grit and determination of a true champion, the South Florida Bulls clawed their way back into contention. By the end of 2007, the Bulls had posted a win-loss record of 9-3 and made it back to the Top 25 at number 21. One thing that can be said for certain about this team is that the Bulls never give up and can win in any situation. Be sure to catch the latest game featuring the indomitable Bulls against the Terps; buy USF Bulls tickets now.