Don’t say that you weren’t warned. The USF Bulls were hammered in surprisingly easy fashion by a previously 3-5 Tulane team at Raymond James Stadium Saturday. However, that’s not the worst part.
The reality staring at the Green and Gold and coach Charlie Strong is: they look like a team that may lose out in the regular season. Think that’s hyperbole? Keep reading.
After getting their record to 7 -0, but being questioned all along the way by us and a lot of others as to the level of competition, USF did nothing to help their own case these last two weeks.
The Bulls have been blown away, especially defensively in two straight losses.
Last week it was D’Eriq King with his seven total touchdowns in an easy win for Houston. Saturday it was Tulane with two 100-yard rushers and totaling 364 yards on the ground in a game that they led 34-3 and won eventually 41-15.
The larger looming question is: with road games at Cincinnati and Temple the next two weeks, who are clearly in the top half of the American Conference, followed by the best team in the AAC coming to Tampa on 11/23 in UCF, will the Bulls even win another game in the regular season?
The Bearcats won again on Saturday 42-0 over Navy and are now 8 and 1. They are up next for the Bulls.. Then, Temple, who gave UCF all they can handle Thursday night in Orlando will host the Bulls and they have the lone win over the Bearcats at the moment. Plus, quarterback Anthony Russo appears to be the real deal throwing and running. That’s bad news.
And UCF, is well, UCF, and the fact that the Bulls have been suspect to this point stopping teams, is not encouraging for that rivalry game.
The narrow comeback wins against awful teams like Illinois, and Tulsa are coupled with struggling to put away bad teams like East Carolina and UConn are a memory. Yes it helped the Bulls remain unbeaten, but it masked that they were vulnerable, especially on D.
We wrote earlier in the week that Charlie Strong might be a candidate for the Maryland job, but we did put a contingency that if the Bulls were to fall apart it would hurt his leverage to go somewhere else.
And, it very well may.
However, “going somewhere else.” shouldn’t be a priority right now. It should be fixing the defense which is Strong’s Forte’.
If it’s not fixed, it’s going to be a long November and 7 – 0 is going will be forgotten for 2018
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