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Better Know: South Florida

In recent memory, whenever the Cards squared off against an opponent from a BCS automatic qualifying conference, many assumed (and rightly so) that BSU was simply road kill fodder on another team’s journey to bowl eligibility. After all, it wasn’t until 2008 until the Cards were able to defeat a BCS AQ opponent. Their second victory last weekend was much like the first, as the IU Hoosiers fell at the hands of the Fighting Football Cardinals… again. Back in ’08, the Cards ran off 11 straight victories after that one, but the test in ’11 is a bit different. To get their 3rd BCS AQ win in program history, the Cards will need to knock off the South Florida Bulls, coming off a gigantic win at Notre Dame, in the second straight NFL stadium the Cards will play in. USF is getting attention from the national polls, ranked 22nd in the latest AP poll, and the majority of the nation is loving the Bulls after they beat the polarizing Fighting Irish. Saturday the Cards square off in the first true road test of the season, and it’s time to better know South Florida…

Team: South Florida Bulls
Record: (1-0)
Head Coach: Skip Holtz
Series: (0-0)
Last Meeting: This Saturday marks the first ever meeting between the Cardinals and Bulls

USF Head Coach Skip Holtz
… Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ‘86) is in his second year as the head coach at USF and in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach
… Holtz managed a 38-27 record as the head coach at East Carolina from 2005-09, and a 34-23 mark as the head mentor at Connecticut from 1994-98.

USF Stats & Randomness…
… B.J. Daniels completed 18-of-30 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown in the opener, while Sterli Griffin managed eight catches for 75 yards
… Demetri Murray rushed 14 times for 40 yards.

USF News & Trends…
… USF began its 2011 season with a 23-20 victory over Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind
… The Bulls return 45 letterwinners, including 12 starters from a 2010 team that posted an 8-5 overall record and 3-4 mark in the Big East Conference
… USF defeated Clemson 31-26 in the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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