September 20, 2007 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Gridiron, Jackie Manuel | 1 Comment


University of South Florida

North Carolina gets a taste of ‘real’ gridiron as the Heels travel to central Florida to take on South Florida. The Bulls are ranked, and since the rankings are used to determine the national champion in this sport, they must be right. USF got into the rankings for the first time in school history by having a great bye week. The Bulls own bye. The Big East team can be explosive awesome and have beaten Louisville, West Virginia, and Auburn in the last two years. They also ended our season last year. It appears one of their players is having a hard time not looking past us, so hopefully Foster, Tate and Nicks will take advantage. We are the first BCS team suckers to travel to Raymond James Stadium and so I’m pretty sure the crowd will help make sure the Bulls are focused on their nationally televised opponents. (I’m guessing though, shockingly I have never watched USF play a home game) Still, they are probably not unbeatable and hopefully this second leg of a home and home with USFaCF will be the last.

Keys to the Game:

1. Score more points.

2. Look to the Elon-USF game for hope. The last two losses have been heartbreaking, but also encouraging. We’re not terrible and our passing game looks like one of the best in the conference. Elon trailed by only a TD at the half and was able to move the ball a bit through the air. The Bulls supposedly have a strong D and CB Trae Williams is highly rated, but perhaps TJ will be able to get us out out to an early lead, which might take the crowd out of the game a bit.

3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Many have pointed to the turnover problems, but when you play so many underclassmen it is unavoidable. The Heels must be aggressive in Tampa to have any chance. This is the most talented team we’ve played yet and so a conservative game plan probably won’t give us a real chance at the upset.

Info: 12:00 pm ESPN – USF is favored by 13.5

Prediction: USF 37-28 UNC

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  1. I somehow forgot to work Tony LaRussa into this…he’s an alum. Eh.

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