South Florida better beware of the Huskies

By Robert Rousseau  |   Wednesday, October 24, 2007  |  Comments( 0 )

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The South Florida Bulls are a legitimate upper-echelon college football team right now. All one has to do to is consider their victories over the West Virginia Mountaineers and Auburn Tigers to understand that. Further, losing to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in New Jersey by only three points is a lot more impressive these days than it might have been a few years ago.

In terms of the Bulls' players, quarterback Matt Grothe possesses a formidable blend of running and passing talents. Their defense, led by end George Selvie and linebacker Ben Moffitt, is very strong. And, of course, head coach Jim Leavitt is outstanding.

In other words, they have enough talent to win the Big East and end up in a BCS bowl. Unfortunately for the Bulls, just last week they were thinking national championship no matter what the mantra was. Therefore, the loss to Rutgers was a huge letdown.

Nevertheless, the Bulls had better recover from the depression they're likely feeling very quickly. You see, the Connecticut Huskies are looming on the horizon.

Connecticut, you say? Why would anyone be concerned about them? Here's why.

First, the Huskies are sporting a 6-1 overall record. Because their only loss came at the hands of the Virginia Cavaliers, that means they're undefeated in Big East play and are therefore sitting pretty in first place. Regardless of their easy early schedule, the team no doubt has high hopes right now.

Further, the Huskies are playing at home in this one. If you've ever watched a basketball game played in Connecticut -- well, let's just say the crowd can get kind of loud. Beyond that, the team is entering this game on a high note after coming back from 10 points down to defeat the Louisville Cardinals 21-17.

Obviously, then, the Huskies are confident. And when you look at their play this season -- they've outscored their opponents 220-89 -- they currently have the best scoring defense and margin of victory in the Big East. Along with that, quarterback Tyler Lorenzen sports a 134.5 passer rating and has mobility, and the team has two backs who have eclipsed 300 rushing yards on the season (Andre Dixon with 443 and Donald Brown II with 366).

Still, South Florida is a more talented team than the Huskies. So, if the Bulls come in on all cylinders, it might be rough going for the men from the northeast. However, if the Bulls come into Connecticut on a down note, they could be in for trouble. In other words, Leavitt and the gang better guard against an upset and be ready for a tough game.

The way Connecticut has been playing, this one has the potential to be a lot closer than many think.
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Robert Rousseau is a sports writer that has been published in a variety of print and online venues. He’s been writing for for almost three years now. When Rousseau isn’t writing about college football he tends to be penning mixed martial arts pieces for or...
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