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GameDay: 3 Things to know as USF hosts East Carolina

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The USF Bulls will celebrate their 20th season of existence with homecoming this afternoon against East Carolina. We already detailed the Bulls pulling out their “Gold Helmet 2.0” earlier in the week to mark the special occasion.

Now that Hurricane Matthew has passed Florida, the weather is tremendous and it will be an 85 degree humid day at Raymond James Stadium. Here are three other things to know/watch for this afternoon:

USF’s Marlon Mack became the Bulls all time leading rusher at 2,755 yards and counting in last Saturday nights romp at Cincinnati and is ready to roll on the Pirates D. Mack is averaging 6.7 yards per carry, had his second 100 yard game of the season and 15th of his career. Look for the Bulls to hand it to him repeatedly, especially if they get lead in the first half. ECU gave up nearly 7 yards per carry in their loss at home to UCF last week.

Talented ECU quarterback Phillip Nelson was knocked out the game with the Golden Knights last week with what is still a mysterious injury. He is listed as probable for today, but if he cannot play or is ineffective due to injury, then the Pirates will use JUCO transfer QB Gardner Minshew who didn’t do much after coming on last week at home.

Finally, the with the conference opening win last week, the Bulls have now won 7 of their last 8 AAC games going back to last year and with a very winable game at home with UConn next week, have a great chance to clearly establish themselves in early October in the Division.

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