USFNation Game Preview: UCF

On Saturday the Bulls travel to Orlando and try to stay unbeaten against rival UCF. This is the last time the Bulls will face the Knights, whom they beat 64-12 last year at Raymond James Stadium. The crowd will once again be electric when these two teams meet again at Bright House Networks Stadium.

It's time to take that old dog out to the yard and put him to sleep.


One game and four years of aggravation will be over.


Most USF fans are excited about UCF week and a final trip to the newly constructed and slightly dangerous erector set in Orlando. The Bulls have beaten UCF at The Citrus Bowl and Raymond James Stadium and it's a major accomplishment to beat a team in three different stadiums within a four year span. Unfortunately for USF this is a must-win game. They can't afford to be upset or even have too close of a call. It's time to end this series and move on to bigger and better things. Much like Old Yeller, we'll always love beating UCF but it's time to put them to sleep.


Remember when I had fun with numbers last year in comparison between the two programs. Here's an update.


Some Numbers

29 -- years UCF has been playing college football

12 -- years USF has been playing college football

2 -- USF's highest ranking in the AP and Coaches Poll.

0 -- Times UCF has been ranked in the Top 25.
3 -- Victories USF has over UCF

0 -- Victories UCF has over USF

1 -- Bowl victories for USF

0 -- Bowl victories for UCF

Wasn't that fun again?


Inside the Offense


Key Numbers:


300 – Rushing yards for USF last week against Division 1-AA Tennessee-Martin

5.8 – Average yards per rush for USF last week against Tennessee-Martin (52 carries)

56 – Points USF scored against Tennessee-Martin (35 at the half)

228 – Rushing yards for UCF against Division 1-AA South Carolina State

3.9 – Average yards per rush for UCF last week against South Carolina State (59 carries)

17 – Points scored by UCF against South Carolina State (7 through three quarters)


When USF Has the Ball: If last week told us anything it's that USF is going to try to overpower some teams with UCF being one of them. They will try to continue this multi-faceted running attack with Mike Ford, Benjamin Williams, Jamar Taylor, Matt Grothe and quite possibly Moise Plancher taking significant roles in the running game. The wide receivers are deep and talented but the Bulls are trying to establish the identity of being a physical team this early in the season.


When UCF Has the Ball: I have no clue what they are going to do. Michael Greco isn't a Division 1-A quarterback, at least not one I'd claim to have on my team. Now I'm not going to knock South Carolina State, they are a respectable FCS program, but the best of the MEAC conference shouldn't be in the game going into the fourth quarter against a team that won 10 games and its conference last season. Who really knows what the Knights are up to? George O'Leary isn't my favorite guy but he's a damn good coach so I'm sure he's got something planned. My guess is they will try to run.


Other Game Oddities: Apparently some tickets still remain for the 45K+ stadium…The game will be on ESPN2 and next Friday the Bulls will be on the big channel facing Kansas…In three games against USF, the Knights have averaged 14 points per game while the Bulls have averaged over 39…George Selvie will need 7 sacks to catch up to the early pace he set last season (that's a joke)…


He Said What?!?: "One side gets it, the other side, I don't know what the problem is." – UCF coach George O'Leary on why this non-competitive, non-rivalry is ending.

Meanwhine: Jim Leavitt said nothing.

But This Guy Did: "The mighty Bulls have nothing to gain by playing our little old commuter college. Leavitt won't say that this week, but everybody knows it's true. – Orlando Sentinel columnist David Whitley.



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