USF Looks for Bowl Eligibility, 10-Win Season

The USF footbal team faces Louisville for homecoming this week, and the game still has implications. A win Saturday could get the Bulls to a bowl game for the fourth consecutive year, a shot at a 10-win season, and build momentum for the game with Miami next Week.

Remember when I said that the Florida State game was the biggest game in USF football history? I must admit I fibbed a little. It was a big game and a bigger victory, but this week's game against Louisville is USF's biggest game in school history – or at least its most recent.

Why you ask?

Because a win Saturday will get the Bulls to a bowl game for the fourth consecutive year – an accomplishment for sure. Of course the bowl game might just be a trip across the bridge to St. Petersburg, but whatever. A bowl is a bowl is a bowl.

Louisville has had a number of awful experiences at Raymond James Stadium.

  • In 2003, the Bulls shocked the then undefeated Cardinals, 31-28, in double overtime.
  • In 2005, the Bulls shocked the then undefeated and 9th ranked Cardinals, 45-14
  • In 2007, the Cardinals were neither ranked nor undefeated, but still got worked 55-17.

Now in 2009 the Cardinals are hurting. Steve Kragthorpe is a joke of a coach and will surely get the axe come season's end as he's took a 12-win team coming off a BCS Bowl victory and turned them into a low-level conference foe.

So why not make Kragthorpe's life that much more miserable?

The Game: Louisville at South Florida
The Time: High Noon
The TV: Big East Network (Channel 28 for Tampa folk)
The Radio: WFLA-970
The Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Tickets: Available

Weather Update: Partly cloudy, high near 80 with a 20% threat of rain

USF Football vs. Bowl Game Eligibility: Because USF has two FCS victories, they are currently not Bowl eligible despite a 6-3 record. With a victory Saturday the Bulls are all but guaranteed a second straight trip to the St. Petersburg Bowl. If the Bulls can win their remaining three games they are…all but guaranteed a trip to the St. Petersburg Bowl. Yeah I know that's huge motivation…and when I said huge I really mean none. But one of the possible opponents would be UCF and wouldn't we all enjoy beating the Knights one last time for good measure?

USF Football vs. Steve Kragthorpe's Existence: College football is never fun until someone gets fired. Steve Kragthorpe is at best a mediocre coach that took a once very promising program and completely destroyed it with his low standards. It's amazing that Louisville had such a Napoleon complex about its program that ran off a great coach (Bobby Petrino) because he was always looking for better jobs and picked Kragthorpe based on his "loyalty and commitment to the Louisville program". A year later Kragthorpe was expected to leave Louisville for the SMU job. Needless to say if the Cardinal brass has gotten over themselves they will trade loyalty for victories and hire Charlie Strong.

USF Fans vs. Internal Disappointment: I don't expect a huge crowd Saturday. Anything above 45,000 will be considered good. I know we're all disappointed at the turn this season has taken and last week's game against Rutgers was icing on the nasty cake. But there are still a few things to play for. Bowl eligibility and the outside shot at a 10-win season. Let's get the seniors some support this week and let's not allow Raymond James to become Landshark Stadium-Tampa next weekend.

Coachspeak: "There are no excuses. We should play better than that. We need to coach better and we need to play better. We're 6-3, and that's probably about what we are. That's probably about the talent level we're at, I imagine. We'll see what we can do the next three games." – USF head coach Jim Leavitt.


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