South Florida Bulls: A Peek Ahead to Illinois
The South Florida Bulls will come into week three for their first road game of the season. They are coming off of a come-from-behind win last week, at home, against Georgia Tech. They came back after trailing by 10 points to the Yellow Jackets. USF caused two turnovers late in the game on their way to a victory. This week, the Bulls will be playing Illinois Fighting Illini from the Big Ten. The South Florida Bulls defeated them last year at Raymond James, 47-23.
The Bulls have looked good in all 3 phases last week. Blake Barnett has proved that he was the right choice for replacing Quinton Flowers. The offense has looked good both on the ground and in the air. Last week Terrence Horne set an NCAA record with two kick returns for touchdowns. The defense caused two late turnovers that helped set up the offense to score the winning TD. Coach Charlie Strong was very happy with the performance.
Coach Strong, in his press conference, called this week a trap game. What he means is after a great come from behind win this is when teams take the next contest off.
In some cases, it is hard for a team to bounce back and be ready to win again. Coach Lovie Smith of Illinois said that last year his team got beat in all three aspects of the game. He has prepared his team with a good week of practice. They have looked good in the first two games and will be ready for some revenge against the South Florida Bulls.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR THE SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS
Look for both teams to be ready for a showdown. Illinois will be out to beat the Bulls after the loss a year ago. Lovie Smith said his team hadn’t played a complete game yet and he is hoping that will happen against the Bulls. The Bulls have something going for them other than their hot start. The Illini are 0-3 at Soldier Field. Lovie Smith will have his Bulls ready to play. It will come down who wins the most in the trenches.