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    The USL (where the Rowdies play now and headquartered here in Tampa) are working hard to elevate their teams to Division I soccer - parallel to the MLS. Like the ABA for the NBA.... That said, the owner will have no interest in moving from St Petersburg. Not sure what the Rays would do for a possible USF football stadium... considering they are sucking up all the available money in Tampa. We should hope their efforts fail and they move to Las Vegas.
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    Bye bye Sterlin!

    Hallelujah!!!!!
  3. It was my post... but not my prediction. Joey Knight said it first... USF admin absolutely did not want to play in Tampa... and if they had any pull at all with the AAC it would not have happened. When ESPN pulled their shenanigans and took away an ACC Team and replaced it with Marshall, ESPN knew they needed to sell tickets and USF was their only choice.
  4. I know we hate the Kaniggits from Oviedo. Set that aside just for this discussion. If UCF gets to #5 or #6 this week because of losses by, say, Ohio State and Oklahoma... that is a REALLY GOOD THING for the AAC. You see, people are not big on UCF because "they didn't really play anyone" ... Well, that is a function of the perception of the AAC and the UCF non-conference slate. Next season, our beloved USF bulls face Wisconsin, Georgia, and BYU... and we should see some AAC rankings (UCF, Cincy, and maybe Houston or even Memphis) at various points next year... Under the very-hard-to-believe-its-almost-delusional scenario of USF running the table, USF should also get the same consideration in the Top 6 to 8 teams. Everyone fell in love with Boise State even through the Mountain West never really did well overall... UCF's playoff push, as much as we detest them... is good for the AAC.
  5. 1 -- USF can still win the AAC east... Tulane will be a nice game to come home to... Temple and Cincy will be tough-but-winnable road games. UCF ... well... that is going to be hard. If USF loses one of these before UCF, then we'll need UCF to lose one as well. 2 - If USF manages to win out, they likely face a return trip to Houston... hopefully healthier. 3 - If USF beats UCF and Houston back to back, chances are really good USF will be in a New Years 6 Bowl. USF was never going to make the CFP, so the most we could really hope for is winning the AAC and playing in the Peach Bowl. That is still possible. NOTE: I fully understand there is a difference between possible and likely ... but let's not write off the entire season after one loss.
  6. Betting has opened for next week's game via BetOnline.ag -> USF + 7.5 Wonder which way that will move...
  7. USF #27 in Coaches poll ... RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st Place Votes Prev CHANGE Hi/Low 1 Alabama 4-0 1597 61 1 – 1/1 2 Clemson 4-0 1497 2 2 – 2/2 3 Georgia 4-0 1473 0 3 – 3/4 4 Ohio State 4-0 1431 1 4 – 3/4 5 Oklahoma 4-0 1300 0 5 – 5/5 6 Louisiana State 4-0 1234 0 6 – 6/24 7 Stanford 4-0 1206 0 7 – 7/13 8 Notre Dame 4-0 1135 0 8 – 8/11 9 Penn State 4-0 1108 0 9 – 9/10 10 Auburn 3-1 997 0 11 1 7/11 11 Washington 3-1 959 0 12 1 6/12 12 West Virginia 3-0 946 0 13 1 12/20 13 Wisconsin 3-1 776 0 16 3 6/16 14 Central Florida 3-0 705 0 18 4 14/23 15 Michigan 3-1 603 0 21 6 14/22 16 Miami 3-1 554 0 20 4 8/21 17 Kentucky 4-0 531 0 NR 9 17/NR 18 Michigan State 2-1 376 0 23 5 12/24 19 Mississippi State 3-1 311 0 14 -5 14/19 20 Oregon 3-1 281 0 19 -1 19/NR 21 Oklahoma State 3-1 199 0 15 -6 15/25 22 Texas 3-1 171 0 NR 19 21/NR 23 Duke 4-0 170 0 NR 4 23/NR 24 Virginia Tech 2-1 160 0 10 -14 10/24 25 Boise State 2-1 145 0 24 -1 17/25 Others Receiving Votes Brigham Young 141; South Florida 113; Syracuse 83; Colorado 73; Texas Christian 67; NC State 61; Texas Tech 56; South Carolina 52; California 38; Washington State 34; Florida 29; Texas A&M 29; Appalachian State 25; Iowa 23; Cincinnati 22; North Texas 17; Missouri 14; Maryland 9; Boston College 8; Arizona State 8; Southern California 8; San Diego State 6; Troy 5; Army 4; Arkansas State 3; Virginia 3; Utah 2; Buffalo 2. http://sportspolls.usatoday.com/ncaa/football/polls/coaches-poll/
  8. Hey all... just wondering who might have an extra ticket for Saturday's game... (as you know I gave up my season tickets ... and this may or may not be the last game I can attend)
  9. USF is now #28 ... RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st Place Votes Prev CHANGE Hi/Low 1 Alabama 3-0 1572 60 1 – 1/1 2 Clemson 3-0 1477 2 2 – 2/2 3 Georgia 3-0 1436 0 3 – 3/4 4 Ohio State 3-0 1405 1 4 – 3/4 5 Oklahoma 3-0 1339 0 5 – 5/5 6 Louisiana State 3-0 1171 0 13 7 6/24 7 Stanford 3-0 1116 0 9 2 7/13 8 Notre Dame 3-0 1083 0 8 – 8/11 9 Penn State 3-0 1070 0 10 1 9/10 10 Virginia Tech 2-0 927 0 11 1 10/17 11 Auburn 2-1 921 0 7 -4 7/11 12 Washington 2-1 909 0 12 – 6/12 13 West Virginia 2-0 824 0 15 2 13/20 14 Mississippi State 3-0 780 0 16 2 14/18 15 Oklahoma State 3-0 672 0 19 4 15/25 16 Wisconsin 2-1 626 0 6 -10 6/16 17 Texas Christian 2-1 508 0 14 -3 14/17 18 Central Florida 2-0 500 0 18 – 18/23 19 Oregon 3-0 384 0 23 4 19/NR 20 Miami 2-1 373 0 20 – 8/21 21 Michigan 2-1 354 0 22 1 14/22 22 Texas A&M 2-1 150 0 NR 4 22/NR 23 Michigan State 1-1 141 0 24 1 12/24 24 Boise State 2-1 114 0 17 -7 17/24 25 Boston College 3-0 109 0 NR 5 25/NR Others Receiving Votes Kentucky 98; Duke 55; South Florida 45; Colorado 41; South Carolina 40; Iowa 36; Washington State 35; Brigham Young 30; Missouri 21; NC State 19; Appalachian State 13; Syracuse 11; California 11; Utah 10; Cincinnati 10; Texas 9; North Texas 5; Troy 4; Minnesota 3; San Diego State 3; Florida 3; Arizona State 3; Houston 2; Tennessee 2; Arkansas State 2; Vanderbilt 2; Fresno State 1. http://sportspolls.usatoday.com/ncaa/football/polls/coaches-poll/
  10. Okay... so USF is looking better than I expected in some areas ... worse than others. These next five weeks aren't really going to be very telling... because USF can make TONS of mistakes and still win games (as USF did yesterday). Sat 9/22 - East Carolina ... Although the Pirates did roll over North Carolina... they also lost to North Carolina A&T... ECU is not a strong running team in these games, averaging 144 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. USF may not blow them out of the water, but USF should be able to out-talent ECU. I admit it would be nice to see some backups getting reps in the 2nd half. Sat 9/29 - BYE ... USF, thankfully, has not been too banged up so far. The bye week will give the team a chance to focus on other weaknesses (*cough* run defense *cough*) Sat 10/6 - at U Mass ... the 2nd road trip of the season against the Minutemen who are 0-3 against FBS teams, allowing 50+ games to those FBS opponents -- two of them were in Conference USA. USF could likely play all 2nd stringers and still win this game. Fri 10/12 - at Tulsa ... back to back road games on a short week have not been good for USF but given the likelihood of USF's starters resting for a good portion of the previous game... the Bulls should be able to hold back the Golden Hurricane... yes, Tulsa did well against Texas (which is looking better after their win last night), but they also lost to Arkansas State and did not look like gangbusters in their week one victory over Central Arkansas. Sat 10/20 - Connecticut ... There are few words to describe how bad the Huskies played their first three games.... they allowed 167 points by their opponents - including 49 by Rhode Island. They have been able to run the ball averaging 4.9 yards per carry so far this season, so that could keep the USF game closer than it should be.... U Conn also has 8 turnovers and 2 takeaways so far ... a -6 ratio. Another USF win should be possible here. So... after the first seven games of the season, USF looks to be in good shape to be 7-0... likely ranked in the 18-25 range because these are a bunch of cupcakes upcoming... and the team shouldn't really be tested again for a month. If USF can get bast the road trip at Houston on Sat 10/27, USF should be 9-0 heading to the back to back roadies at Cincy and Temple and then coming home for Black Friday... ------------ Incidentally, UCF's schedule over this same timeframe is almost as easy: vs FAU, vs Pitt, vs SMU, at Memphis, at ECU ... and stays within their reach ... vs Temple, vs Navy, vs Cincy... Black Friday has the POTENTIAL to be 11-0 USF hosting 11-0 UCF... ("on paper" ... lol)
  11. From the worldwide leader... USF was less than 30% to beat Ga Tech before the game... and that win has changed a few others.. including the last one. Sat, Sept 15 vs Illinois* 65.7% -3.8 (76) -- Sat, Sept 22 vs East Carolina 88.2% -11.0 (105) -- Sat, Oct 6 @ UMass 73.9% -8.5 (97) -- Fri, Oct 12 @ Tulsa 59.0% -4.4 (79) -- Sat, Oct 20 vs UConn 96.0% -21.2 (125) -- Sat, Oct 27 @ Houston 38.4% 3.0 (54) -- Sat, Nov 3 vs Tulane 76.8% -4.4 (80) -- Sat, Nov 10 @ Cincinnati 48.9% -0.4 (70) -- Sat, Nov 17 @ Temple 73.2% -9.3 (100) -- Fri, Nov 23 vs #18 UCF 51.3% 4.6 (49) --
  12. (I know this topic might be moved, sorry) So Hurricane Florence is gonna head for the Carolinas this weekend... and could linger inland for a few days. Looks like it will get to the coast Thursday evening... just ahead of the Boston College at Wake Forest game. Other games that could be impacted if the storm lingers until Saturday... or could at the very least delay travel. UCF plays at UNC, I wonder if they will have an ACC game canceled for the 2nd year in a row because of a Hurricane ECU heads to Va Tech... and Duke heads to Baylor... if they're gonna go... WVU is at NC State... Southern Miss is supposed to play at App State... Coastal Carolina is supposed to host a game Saturday... Marshall is at South Carolina... Georgia Southern is at Clemson... Old Dominion is at Charlotte...
  13. USF gave up almost 200 yards and 3.9 per carry... Against Elon. Next week the Rambling 'Reck are gonna be like a knife through butter. Anyone else concerned??
  14. So here we are in August... weeks away from another USF football season... and for the first time ever. I don't know if I care. I gave up my season tickets, mostly because I started a business and all of my extra income is going there for now. But another reason I gave up my tickets - I could not get anyone to go with me in recent years. USF was winning. The games were, for the most part, entertaining. No one else seemed to care. And with the way last year ended... with my expectations dashed... USF basically lost me. I didn't look at our recruits at signing day. I didn't look at depth charts or spring practice reports. I didn't go to the Spring game. I don't know who will be our starting QB or RB or WRs. I don't know if we even have a PK worth anything. I mean, what is there to be excited about any more? USF is gonna USF and go something like 8-4 and get invited to the "who the hell really cares about it" bowl game against podunk state. Maybe I'm just missing something.... but for the first time ever, I don't think I will be at opening day. I probably won't bake in the sun for Ga Tech. I'm not even thrilled about beating UCF... if we could. Am I the only one who feels this way? ------------------- (Yes, I am cross posting this.)
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