The USF Bulls football team represents the University of South Florida in the sport of American football. The Bulls compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the American Athletic Conference. The team plays its home games in Tampa, Florida. The Bulls began playing in 1997, holding their first team meeting under a shade tree as the school had no proper football facilities on campus.
After a period of turmoil in the conference during the early 2010s led to a formal conference split along football lines in 2013, the FBS schools in the original Big East, including South Florida, will reorganize as The American Athletic Conference effective in July 2013.