BULLS – GOAL LINE STAND : BYU
By Leo Haggerty
Archived under Featured Articles : College & University of South Florida

South Florida returns to Raymond James Stadium to take on Brigham Young in a battle of 2-3 teams.  Kickoff for the Bulls Homecoming Game is 3:30 EDT.

BYU comes into the tilt coming off a road loss to Toledo 28-21. USF enters the contest after defeating UConn on the road by a score of 48-22.

Before you ask is either one of these teams could be facing what is referred to as a trap game, I would submit to you that both programs have huge contests next week.  The Cougars entertain Boise and the Bulls go on the road to face American Athletic Conference foe Navy in Annapolis.

So, how does the Green & Gold pull the upset? I believe there’s four key points that have to be addressed positively to finish on the left side of the dash.

They will be short and to the point.  Do you agree?  Let me know.

1ST DOWN – RUNNING OF THE BULLS

Every game that USF has won, or been competitive in, the Bulls have been successful running the football.  The best friend of a quarterback is a running game because it allows your offense to remain balanced.

That takes the pressure off your red-shirt freshman QB Jordan McCloud.  If South Florida cannot run the football, the Cougars defense will tee off on #12 and, so far this season, that has been the recipe for disaster for the Green & Gold.

2ND DOWN – STAY IN THE GAME

In the two lopsided defeats the Bulls have suffered at home against Wisconsin and SMU, South Florida got steamrollered from the opening kickoff.  USF got behind early and that deficit got larger as the game progressed.

The Green & Gold have to play the first half to get to the second half.  The Bulls have to find a way to come out for the last 30 minutes either with the lead or within a score.

Getting down big in the first half will be fatal.  At least that’s what history has shown us this season.

3RD DOWN – GET THE ALUMNI INVOLVED

Hey, it’s Homecoming.  The Bulls will have alumni here for the only game they will attend all season.

USF has to find a way early to get their fans involved in the contest.  A big play, such as a turnover as well as a long pass or run, would get the South Florida contingent into the game.

4TH DOWN – NO STUPID PENALTIES

So far this campaign, the Bulls have shot themselves in the foot with stupid penalties.  These are the ones that occur before the pigskin is even snapped.

USF has to play mistake-free football when it comes to mental mistakes.  South Florida must eliminate the unforced penalties so BYU cannot extend drives or having the Green & Gold get behind the chains with a mental error that draws the yellow flag.

OK, time for the prognostication.  I’m taking South Florida because the Bulls are at home and Mother Nature will be cooking the playing surface to around triple digits plus their overall advantage in team speed as well as it’s Homecoming.  USF, 30-28, with a late field goal.