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Louk's Closer Look: Week 7

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Louk's Closer Look: Week 7

October 15, 2016


Voice of the Bulls

TAMPA, OCT. 15, 2016 – Saturday we start the second half of the 2016 regular season, and the Bulls can become bowl eligible with a win over Connecticut. 


While the team has much loftier goals in mind for this year, it’s still notable that the Bulls have marched toward the necessary six wins so quickly, and often, so spectacularly. Of more importance to the players and coaches, this game presents a chance to be 3-0 in the conference, keeping their stated goal of an American Conference championship on track.

Here’s some trivia for the matchup against the Connecticut Huskies:

- There may not be a more competitive series for the Bulls that this one against Connecticut.  USF leads 8-5, but a remarkable 11 of 13 games have been decided by 10 points or less. The Bulls have won the last four in a row.

- Only once did the Bulls travel to the University of Connecticut campus for football.  In their first ever meeting on Oct. 28, 2000, the teams played at Memorial Stadium in Storrs. USF won that day, 21-13; the very first Bulls win against a 1-A program.  Every other USF road game in this series has been played in Hartford.

- A win in this game would get the Bulls to 6-1, something they’ve only accomplished twice in program history.  It would match the team’s start in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.


- The Bulls will put an impressive streak of games with 200 or more rushing yards on the line. They’ve got 11 in a row, and that’s currently the longest streak in the nation.  There wasn’t much drama keeping it alive last week, as USF ran up 306 yards on the ground in the win over East Carolina.

- The Bulls have won six consecutive conference games, another program record.  They’ve won eight straight against the American’s Eastern Conference, and they haven’t lost a home conference game in over a year.

- There are two common opponents for USF and Connecticut in 2016.  The Huskies lost to Syracuse and beat Cincinnati. The Bulls defeated both.

- USF co-offensive coordinator T.J. Weist was Connecticut’s interim head coach for the final eight games of the 2013 season.  One of those games was a 13-10 win for USF and first-year coach Willie Taggart.

This weekend’s game will be aired on the CBS Sports Network. Radio pre-game begins at 5 p.m. on AM-820 in Tampa, with affiliates AM-880 in Miami, AM-1080 in Orlando, FM-99.9 in Brooksville, and FM-107.9 in Jacksonville.  We’re on the Tune In app and on GoUSFBulls.com, and this week our broadcast will also be on Sirius 113 and XM 203.

After this game, the Bulls will play their only two non-Saturday games of the season, as they go on back-to-back Fridays; on the road next week against Temple and at home Oct. 28 against Navy. 





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