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USF also looking to go 3-0 on Saturday

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There is plenty of hype about Saturday’s game between No. 2 Florida State versus No. 10 Louisville. While far fewer are pointing to the USF Bulls’ attempt to take down another ACC team later on Saturday, it promises to be an interesting game. The Bulls are in upstate New York in search of a 3-0 record. Providing the opposition is the Syracuse Orange, a team coming off a humiliating 62-28 home defeat at the hands of Louisville. USF is a…

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USF schedule gets tougher in September

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Following last week’s 56-20 rout of Towson, the South Florida Bulls move on to a tougher portion of their schedule. The Northern Illinois Huskies come to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday with an offense likely to test first-year Defensive Coordinator Raymond Woodie’s defensive unit. Over the last few seasons, Northern Illinois has risen to become one of the top mid-major teams. Florida State fans will remember NIU as their opponent in the 2013 Orange Bowl. The Huskies brought a perfect…

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Florida schools well represented in AP Top 25 pre-season poll

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The college football season is clearly just around the corner with the release of AP’s pre-season top 25 poll. To the surprise of no one, Alabama leads the pack, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, and LSU. Florida came in at No. 25 while Miami just missed at the 26th spot. The South Florida Bulls earned some votes to receive honorable mention. Coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide had 33 first-place votes while Clemson garnered 16, Oklahoma had four, Florida State collected five,…

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USF’s huge July recruiting haul will bring dividends

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With the start of fall practice, the University of South Florida Bulls are looking forward to this season. Some key components, led by quarterback Quinton Flowers and running back Marlon Mack, provide good reason for optimism. Football programs are always looking to build long-term stability based on recruiting. As the month of July began, Coach Willie Taggart had to be apprehensive about who would be following Flowers, Mack and others after they moved on. Just two weeks ago, USF had…

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Gators lead Florida schools with 7 draft picks

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The NFL Draft concluded on Saturday. From the top pick of California’s Jared Goff by the Rams, to Southern Mississippi’s Kalan Reed by Tennessee, 253 players were chosen over the three days. The final selection is traditionally crowned “Mr. Irrelevant.” The draft is a time where schools other than traditional football powers send along top quality professional talent. Harvard, Minnesota, Indiana, William & Mary and many others have high draft choices or multiple players heading to the pro ranks. This…

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Year in Review: At dark moment, USF’s Bulls started turnaround season

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Willie Taggart was in trouble. His team had lost three out of four, and his freshman quarterback was playing like a freshman, and he didn’t need anyone to tell him that his seat was growing warmer. It didn’t matter that one of the losses had been to FSU from the ACC, and one of them to Maryland from the Big 10. The third loss had been a 17-10 loss to a strong Memphis team. USF had lost for years, through…

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Willie Taggart, Brandon Doughty had something to smile about on Monday

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For USF Coach Willie Taggart and Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty, Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl ended one phase of their career and began another. While only one of them could come away with a victory, each had something to be happy about. It was much easier for Doughty to be happy. He threw for more than a quarter mile in yards and three touchdowns in Western Kentucky’s 45-35 win over Taggart’s Bulls. Doughty has been happy since the Hilltoppers arrived…

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