In an effort to salvage its weather-battered league schedule, the American Athletic Conference announced a litany of changes to its slate, including the rescheduling of several USF contests.
The tweaks will allow the Bulls' game at Connecticut, originally slated for last weekend, to be played Nov. 4 in East Hartford. The USF-Houston game, originally set for Nov. 4 at Raymond James Stadium, will be played Oct. 28 instead.
The USF-Cincinnati contest, initially set for Oct. 28 in Tampa, moves to Oct. 14, when the Bulls were set to host Massachusetts for their homecoming.
That game moves to either 2022 or '23, meaning the Bulls will play six home games instead of seven this fall. USF still will play UMass next season in Amherst.
“We are determined to do what is necessary to play a full conference schedule to determine a true conference champion," USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a school news release.
"These changes are not easy for anyone, and I am proud of how our fellow conference schools have worked together to make schedule adjustments under the direction of Commissioner Mike Aresco. I am grateful for the cooperation of our opponents whose games had to be moved in this process, particularly UMass and Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford, and also for the understanding of our fans.”
Early Thursday evening, the conference also announced Memphis' game at UCF, postponed from last Friday, will be played Sept. 30 at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando.
The Tigers and Knights were slated to play Georgia State and Maine, respectively, that day. Those games were dropped. An AAC spokesperson told the Memphis Commercial Appeal that the league will pay the cancellation fees and expenses for both games.
The re-installment of Memphis-UCF means that, barring any other unforeseen cancellations, all 12 AAC teams will play an eight-game league schedule as planned.
As for the Bulls, the rest of their slate remains unchanged. Information on how the changes affect season-ticket holders, parking, single-game purchases, etc., can be found on USF's official football website.
The entire revised AAC schedule can be found here.
“We understand that the changes mean that USF will go from seven home games to six and that these changes may adversely affect the plans for some fans,” Harlan said.
“As with the many changes that have occurred over the last week due to the impact of the hurricane, we appreciate our fans flexibility and understanding.”