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Weekend preview article has USF/ND as a "game to focus on"


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Not puffing us up, but doesn't sound too high on Notre Dame's week 1 performance either.  I think we are going to be in striking distance this game, if we can make a few big plays on defense or special teams, you never know...

 

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Here's what we are watching this weekend in college football. We look at the key games and individual matchups to keep an eye on.

 

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If we win the turnover battle and get those splash plays, I feel good.

 

if we play them straight up, drive for drive, then I feel they win. I think we need to stop the run game and force the passing game on this one.

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It's nice that we are getting attention, but this is what happens when there isn't as many games being played. 3 of the best match-ups this week (Houston v. Memphis, Virginia v. Va Tech, and BYU v. Army) were all postponed. That only leaves a handful of games involving P5 opponents that are intriguing (battle of undefeated or ranked teams). Houston v. Baylor, Tulsa v. Oklahoma St., UCF v. Ga Tech, and the "marquee" match-up of Miami v. Louisville. 4 of the 5 most intriguing games this week involve teams from the American Athletic Conference, so all of the sports fans out there owe our conference gratitude. 

I have exceptionally low expectations for our performance in this one. Not because I don't have faith in CJS and the players, but rather because the odds are stacked tremendously against us. Notre Dame has one of the longest tenured head coaches in college football. Preparation is less important for a team with a strong foundation and a system in place, not to mention an abundance of talent and depth. Add to that the possibility that we could be without 3 starting O-linemen and 4 overall, our starting place kicker, one of our better TEs, and have so many question marks in the passing game, and this game could get away from us quickly. I am holding out a sliver of hope for some pre-2011 USF magic in this one, but it will take an absolutely perfect game by us and a sloppy one by Notre Dame for us to have any chance of winning. 

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Let's not forget that in 2011, an arguably more talent USF team went into South Bend, forced 5 turnovers, didn't turn the ball over once, and held on to win 23-20. Notre Dame had 3 turnovers in the red zone and missed a field goal in order for USF to get the win. That is the type of performance we will likely need to see on Saturday in order to have a chance at pulling off the monumental upset. 
 

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The Bulls handled Notre Dame history, hype and a huge crowd in Saturday's season opener that will be remembered for several reasons...

 

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We will end Notre Dame

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Better start doing more of this!!  Cause we are going to need all the help we can get!

USF Football Returns to Activities On-Campus Tomorrow

 

 

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33 minutes ago, BullyPulpit said:

Let's not forget that in 2011, an arguably more talent USF team went into South Bend, forced 5 turnovers, didn't turn the ball over once, and held on to win 23-20. Notre Dame had 3 turnovers in the red zone and missed a field goal in order for USF to get the win. That is the type of performance we will likely need to see on Saturday in order to have a chance at pulling off the monumental upset. 
 

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The Bulls handled Notre Dame history, hype and a huge crowd in Saturday's season opener that will be remembered for several reasons...

 

That type of luck comes once every 20 years...

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CFN's take on the game...

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs USF Bulls prediction and game preview. Notre Dame vs USF Broadcast Date: Saturday, September 19 Game Time: 2:30 ET Venue: Notre...

GO BULLS!

 

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The Bulls are UNDEFEATED against Notre Dame.

 

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