It’s not an exaggeration to say that USF Football is about to host it’s biggest home game in almost a decade when Florida State comes to Raymond James Stadium Saturday at noon eastern that will be nationally shown on ABC.
Although some of the luster is off after the Noles got “freight-trained” by Louisville last weekend, they are still ranked #13 and one of the top programs year in and year out in college football.
Meanwhile, the Bulls are 3-0 off after rallying from a 17 point 1st quarter deficit at Syracuse last week. Couple that with the play of QB Quinton Flowers and RB Marlon Mackback in the lineup and running all over the ‘Cuse, (observe below) and optimism is sky high.
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The last time the Bulls played a hugely hyped game against a top 15 opponent at home in September was 2007 when USF hosted 5th ranked West Virginia. Then coach Jim Leavitt’sBulls came in also 3-0 off an upset of top 15 Auburn on the plains in game two and were ranked 18th themselves. After knocking off the Rich Rodriguez Mountaineers 21-13, the Bulls surged to 6th in the AP poll on their way to an eventual #2 ranking, where they stayed for two weeks.
FSU’s reeling off being blown out doesn’t minimize this game for USF. A win Saturday will be an enormous confidence builder and likely put them in the top 25 for the first time in four years under Head Coach Willie Taggart.
The stage is obviously set.