By Brad Meyer | Published 09/15/2021 | USF Football
Tampa, FL - The USF Bulls have seen some of the best early season competition from Power Five conferences. In the season opener, the Bulls traveled to Raleigh, NC, home of the ACC's N.C. State Wolfpack A week later they hosted the SEC's Florida Gators at Raymond James. The Bulls are, unsurprisingly, 0-2.
Now, presented with their best chance to grab a win, they meet the Rattlers of Florida A&M (SWAC). The Bulls own a 3-0 record against the Rattlers having defeated them in 2005 (37-3), 2011 (70-17) and 2015 (51-3). None of the games have been close in score, but none of those Bulls teams were rebuilding quite like this one.
The Rattlers are 1-1 after dropping their season opener 7-6 to Jackson State. The Rattlers pulled their record even after defeating the FCS's Fort Valley State 34-7.
The Bulls sit at 0-2, after a feeling of turning the corner in the second half versus the Gators. However, the Bulls still have not decided on a quarterback and instead demonstrate a two quarterback system with a third QB occasionally mixed in. Coach Jeff Scott may have a go-to QB Saturday, we don't know. He continues to suggest his mission is to have one by conference play October 2 (SMU).
Florida A&M has only allowed an average of 7.0 points per game so far and its defense has forced turnovers, gotten sacks and stopped the opponent on third down. The FAMU defensive line is stout, anchored by FSU transfer Deonte Williams. The Bulls will test it early and often as it tries to keep its offense alive, averaging just 10 points per game - 17 of those (20) points coming in the second half against the Gators.