No. 18 South Florida’s typically stout defense sprung more than a few leaks against East Carolina. So the Bulls reverted to what worked pretty well under Willie Taggart last year — they outscored the Pirates.
Saturday’s college football action in Florida is expected to leave fans of the state’s major football schools happy by the end of the day. Every one of them is favored to win today. The 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes began the weekend on Friday by going to Duke and easily handling the Blue Devils 31-6.
Darius Tice rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns as No. 21 South Florida dominated defending American Athletic Conference champion Temple 43-7 on Thursday night for its school-record ninth consecutive victory. The Bulls (4-0) have not lost since falling by 16 points to Temple last October in Philadelphia — a setback that wound up costing them a berth in the AAC championship game. Tice scored on runs of 47 and 3 yards. Quinton Flowers, coming off accounting for 386 yards…
For the second straight week, the University of South Florida Bulls will play at home in prime time on ESPN. Last Friday featured a 47-23 blowout of Illinois while this week brings American Athletic Conference rival Temple (2-1) to Raymond James Stadium to open league play for both teams. The 3-0 Bulls, ranked 21st in the AP Top 25 and 17th in the Amway Coaches Poll, will be looking to avenge last year’s 46-30 loss to the Owls in Philadelphia. It…
Quinton Flowers threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns and No. 22 South Florida returned from a Hurricane Irma-imposed layoff to rout Illinois 47-23 on Friday night. Flowers moved ahead of Matt Grothe and B.J. Daniels into second place on USF’s career touchdown pass list with 53. The 2016 American Athletic Conference offensive player of the year also scored his 32nd rushing touchdown, tying Marlon Mack‘s school record.
On Friday, Illinois (2-0) will make its first-ever trip to Tampa to face the 22nd-ranked USF Bulls. While the two teams will be meeting for the first time ever, the Illini coaching staff will have no trouble finding their way around Raymond James Stadium or finding the visitors’ locker room. No fewer than six Illinois coaches are familiar to Tampa Bay NFL fans. They have either played with the Bucs or served as coaches.
The anticipation for week one of the college football season can only be surpassed by the overreactions to week one of the college football season. LOL, Tom Herman hype. Sam Darnold and No. 4 Southern California? Overrated. Florida? No quarterback. North Carolina State? Already a disappointment.