South Florida's Quinton Flowers is a running and passing threat while Texas Tech's Nic Shimonek is a prolific passer.
The Red Raiders became bowl eligible with a comeback win over the Longhorns, who led by 10 points early in the fourth quarter.
PROTECT THE BALL: Texas Tech has a plus-11 turnover margin, one shy of the school record set in 1997.
RETURN TRIPS: This is South Florida's second straight Birmingham Bowl game against a Power 5 team.
The Bulls beat South Carolina 46-39 in overtime last season with Strong watching from the sidelines before taking over the program.
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