Marshall to face South Florida in Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
The Marshall Thundering Herd will be heading south this winter to take on South Florida in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
The Herd (8-4, 6-2) will travel to the Sunshine State to take on the South Florida Bulls (7-5, 3-5) out of the American Conference.
Marshall heads into the bowl game coming off a 41-20 loss to Virginia Tech.
After starting the season 7-0, Charlie Strong's Bulls lost its final five games of the season.
"Any opportunity to play in a bowl game is great," Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said in a news release. "The state of Florida has been good to our program for several years now and we're excited to get back down to the Tampa area. We will face a good USF team and a head coach that I know well in Charlie Strong."
Holliday and Strong coached together at the University of Florida from 2005 to 2007.
Marshall is 11-2 in bowl games and has the best bowl game winning percentage (.846) in college football. Holliday is a perfect 5-0 in bowl games with the Herd and is also 11-3 in games played in Florida and/or against Florida schools.
The Tampa- St. Petersburg area is a familiar stop for the Herd during bowl season. In 2011, the Herd defeated Florida International 20-10 in the Beef 'O' Brads Bowl at Tropicana Field. In 2015, Marshall returned to Tropicana Field and defeated Connecticut 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
This will be the first meeting between the schools.
The Herd will take on the Bulls Thursday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. on ESPN at Raymond James Stadium, the home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will also be a home game for the Bulls.