Date: Saturday, Oct. 27
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Rentschler Field, Hartford, Conn
Stadium Capacity: 40,000
Radio: WFLA 970 AM (Tampa)
USF: Jim Leavitt (11th season). Has a career record of 76-44.
UConn: Randy Edsall (9th season). Has a career record of 47-52.
USF leads the series 3-1 with the loss coming in 2005 and USF's victories in 2000, 2001 and 2006.
UConn has been a thorn in USF's foot before.
Remember 2005? Yeah, I do to.
So needless to say you can't sleep on the Huskies. Luckily the Bulls have had nine days to seeth and get healthy after last Thursday's loss to Rutgers. Unfortunately it's another road game in the north. Fortunately the Bulls are still in the race for the Big East and BCS title so we're hungry.
I'll be honest. I don't think UConn is up to USF's level. Lots of smoke & mirrors. But I will say that they are ranked (for now) and because of our history with the Huskies, I don't just want to beat them....I want to make them pay for all sins they have committed on USF during basketball season.
Inside the Offense
305 -- total offensive yards Matt Grothe accumulated in Thursday's loss to Rutgers.
108 -- rushing yards gained by Benjamin Williams in last year's 38-16 victory over UConn
5 -- rushing touchdowns by Grothe this season.
3 -- rushing touchdowns by Grothe in last year's victory over UConn
When USF Has the Ball: Well the offense moves through Grothe and will continue to move through Grothe until he graduates. But I have a sneaking feeling that Benjamin Williams will repeat last year's efforts against UConn and gain over 100 yards.
Under the Gun: I liked what I saw of freshman Dontavia Bogan last week and I can't wait to see more of this young man on the field this week. Bogan is a nice compliment to the strong, tall Amarri Jackson because he is versatile enough to go long or short and he's more physical than what you see from most freshman. I like him!
Inside the Defense
187 -- rushing yards USF yielded to Rutgers' Ray Rice last week, the only ball carrier to rush for 100 yards against USF this season.
When UConn Has the Ball: The Huskies employ a balanced attack for the most part and they will try to run the ball between the tackles much like Rutgers did. The Huskies, however, do not have the offensive line that the Scarlet Knights possess.
Under the Gun: Quietly Aaron Harris has shown star potential but he's often overshadowed by George Selvie. Well it's time for the nation recognize how good Harris can be. I expect at least two tackles for losses and a sack from the sophomore defensive tackle.
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