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The University of South Florida (USF)

Bulls are a relatively new collegiate football program as their inaugural season was only in the year 2000. The Bulls started off as a success under head coach Jim Leavitt as they went a combined 24-9 in their three seasons as Independents. In 2003, USF joined Conference USA and went 11-11 in their two seasons there before joining the Big East Conference.

During this time as a member of the Big East, the Bulls ascended into the AP Top 25 and in 2007 climbed as high as the second-ranked team in America. In 2013, the school joined the American Conference and had struggled as they have an overall record of 47-49 as they enter their ninth year in the conference. The team has a bowl record of 6-4 and has not played in a bowl game since 2018, when they lost the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl.

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The South Florida Bulls have been a force to be reckoned with this season, thanks to their solid overall performance. With a well-rounded offense and a stingy defense, the Bulls have been able to find success both on the ground and through the air.

Their current standing is a testament to their hard work and determination, and they will be looking to continue their winning ways as the season progresses.

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Championships by USF Bulls

Being a young program means there is not a lot of time to build a championship program. The University of South Florida Bulls has never won the division of any conference that they were a part of as they had the best record in 2002 at 9-2 as an independent program with no conference affiliation. They played in a handful of bowl games, though, as their first was in 2005 against North Carolina State in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, where they would lose 14-0.

They would play in the inaugural Bowl the following year and defeating East Carolina by a score of 24-7, with running back Benjamin Williams winning the game MVP award. They have appeared in 10 bowl games and hold a 6-4 record in them.

The last time they appeared in postseason play was in 2018 in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl, where they were defeated 38-20 by Marshall.

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The USF Bulls are entering their 22nd season and have an overall record of 138-114. They have played extremely well at times as they had 47 weeks in their program’s history ranked in the AP Poll, with their highest point being second in the nation back in 2007. They have not appeared as a ranked team since the 2018 season, which coincidentally is the last time that they appeared in a collegiate bowl game.

They are 6-4 in their 10 bowl games, but none of these have been their biggest game in program history. That would be a game from Sept. 28, 2007, as the 18th-ranked Bulls defeated the fifth-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 21-13. As of this writing, this game was the only time that the University of South Florida Bulls has defeated a top-five ranked team in their history before climbing to the second spot themselves two weeks after their performance here.

Top Players in USF Bulls History

When looking at the stats, it is important to realize they are not going to be competing for numbers against the likes of other collegiate programs with a historic background. Their top quarterback in program history was Quinton Flowers, who finished with 8,124 passing yards while having 71 passing touchdowns to 23 interceptions. However, he was a dual-threat quarterback in his collegiate career as, between 2014-2017, he ran 598 times for 3,672 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns as well.

Their greatest running back in program history is current Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack, who played from 2014-2016. He had 3,609 rushing yards for 32 touchdowns and also caught 65 passes for 498 yards and an additional touchdown. Wide receiver Andre Davis is also one of the top players to come out of the program as he played for the Bulls from 2011-2014 and finished with 153 catches for 2,136 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Top Coaches in USF Bulls History

With a relatively young football program, there aren’t many coaches to choose from. However, their first head coach Jim Leavitt has been their best head coach to date. He was with the Bulls from 2000-09, and he boasted a record of 75-46 and a conference record of 25-26 throughout their different conferences in that span. This would be the time where USF would climb up to the second-ranked team in the nation and begin the 2008 season as the 19th-ranked team.

He was fired on January 8, 2010, after an investigation by USF officials had found out that he had struck a player during halftime against Louisville that season. Leavitt interfered in the investigation by telling players and coaches to change their stories, and that was the main reason he was fired. No USF head coach has been with the program for more than four years since the departure of Leavitt.

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