USF Bulls Staying Home To Play Marshall In The Gasparilla Bowl

The University of South Florida Bulls will get to host a bowl game after a tough finish to a 7-5 season facing Marshall who brings to Tampa an 8-4 record from Conference USA on Dec. 20 contest at Raymond James Stadium in the Gasparilla Bowl. Despite losing their final five games of the 2018 season this gives USF a chance to set the table for the 2019 campaign.

Marshall heads into the bowl game coming off a 41-20 loss to Virginia Tech and finished second in the U-CSA East.  USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly has accepted a bid for the Bulls to represent the American Athletic Conference in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

“We are excited for the opportunity to compete in a bowl game against a good opponent and the chance to send our seniors out with a third straight bowl win,” USF head coach Charlie Strong said. “We look forward to some good practices and work with our team to prepare for the game. Our players will enjoy the activities and bowl experience here in the Bay Area and they are excited to get back out on the field and perform in front of our fans.”

Gasparilla Bowl tickets may be reserved by calling 1-800-GoBulls or by following the below links. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets through USF allotment in the official Bulls seating section. USF football 2018 season ticket members who renew their season tickets for the 2019 season prior to Dec. 15 will receive two complimentary tickets to the Gasparilla Bowl.

The first 1,000 USF students to purchase bowl tickets will be able to do so at a discounted price of $10.00 (plus service fees) in honor of the Bulls’ 10th bowl game, compliments of USF Athletics. Students can log in to their USF student account to purchase tickets and may purchase additional guest tickets for $25 (while seats last) with all seats located next to one another. Students who purchase bowl game tickets will receive an e-mail with further instructions regarding ticket pick up.

USF will be making its fourth straight bowl appearance and 10th overall. The Bulls have won each of their last two bowl games, downing Texas Tech (38-34) and South Carolina (46-39 in OT) in back-to-back Birmingham Bowl appearances, and have won five of their last six bowl games.

The Bulls will take on a Conference USA opponent for the fourth time in a bowl game, third time in the state of Florida, and are 2-1 in the previous match-ups.

“Playing in a bowl game is always a great way to culminate a season and we are very excited to be taking part in our fourth straight bowl,” Kelly said. “I think our student-athletes will enjoy the many experiences the Gasparilla Bowl offers and the opportunity to play in front of a lot of our fans and USF students in the heart of Bulls country. I look forward to seeing Bulls Nation out in force in Ray Jay.”


USF will be making its fourth straight bowl appearance and 10th overall in just its 19th season competing at the FBS level. The run of four straight bowls is the second longest in program history behind six straight from 2005-10. The Bulls are 6-3 in their previous nine bowl trips, including wins in the last two and in five of the last six.Associated Press and USF Athletics contributed to this story.