Maybe this season holds more than a bowl game for the USF Bulls.
Maybe, it also has a championship on the line.
USF won for the sixth time in its last seven games Friday night, blowing a highly regarded Cincinnati team out of the stadium in a 65-27 victory. The Bulls have now scored 109 points in its last two games.
If USF beats winless Central Florida next week, and if Temple loses to Memphis or UConn, then the Bulls would win the Amerian Athletic Conferce East title.
The Bulls jumped the Bearcats from the first play, a 65-yard touchdown pass from Quinton Flowers to Rodney Adams. Flowers threw for four touchdowns in less than three quarters of play. Running back Marlon Mack had his seventh 100-yard game of the year, rushing for 106 yards and two scores. As a team, the Bulls gained 561 yards.
Cincinnati was down 51-3 at the half, but playing with such a huge lead is obviously new for the Bulls. Still, backup quarterback Stephen Bench threw for one touchdown and ran for another.
For USF coach Willie Taggart, the Bulls look like a team that has turned its program around. The Bulls started 1-3, but they have since scored 38 or more four times.
USF rushed for 235 yards in the first half and converted its first eight third-down situations.
The Bulls now play against arch-rival UCF, which is 0-11, next Thursday night.