Amazing how much can change in two years.
Two years ago when Kansas celebrated a hard-fought 13-7 victory over the Bulls in Lawrence, they were a slightly middle-of-the-pack Big XII and South Florida was a relative newcomer to the game and certainly thought to be nothing much than a respectably competitive Big East team.
Two years later
So naturally it makes sense that these two programs meet Friday night and both are ranked in the top 20. Obviously this is going to be a tough game for the Bulls and the type of game that could determine what kind of home-field advantage the Bulls will have this season.
So let's hit some numbers.
539 – yards gained by
323 – yards given up by the USF defense this season
196 – passing yards by Matt Grothe in the 2006
412 – passing yards by Kansas QB Todd Reesing last week against Louisiana Tech.
2 – current USF opponents that are ranked in the top 25 (
5 – current
I did that last set of numbers to point out how important it is for USF to make a good impression this week because they might not have many opportunities for redemption.
When USF Has the Ball: Well with the recent emergence of Mo Plancher the Bulls have four running backs perfectly capable of carrying the load (if Mike Ford is healthy) and probably could challenge the Jayhawks with their running game. But the once experienced offensive line is dropping off with injuries right and left so maybe going physical against the Jayhawks isn't the best route. This is going to be a close game and historically in close games Grothe gets about 75% of the plays on offense (either passing or running). USF is pretty much undefeated when he gets around 45-50% of the plays so I'm hoping that the 20 carries against UCF was more of an aberration and less of a trend. In the end an effective game from the running backs will open up the playaction, the rollouts and the bootlegs.
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