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South Florida gets off to another slow Big East start

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We don’t believe in superstition around these here parts, but South Florida’s 2012 fate was perhaps sealed for the worst when we gave the Bulls a realistic chance at winning the Big East title.

Obviously, it’s a long season, but USF didn’t help itself Thursday night by losing to Rutgers 23-13. Dropping early-season conference games has become somewhat of a tradition for the Bulls. When I’ll learn that for good and stop having preseason faith in USF, I can’t say.

Anyway, the battle for the Big East’s second-best team belongs to Rutgers — at least for the time being. The Scarlet Knights forced four turnovers and kept USF from under 100 yards rushing. That put more pressure on Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels to get the passing game going. While Daniels had 242 yards through the air, at least half came on two or three attempts where he simply chucked it downfield and relied on broken coverage.

But mostly he threw it up for grabs. For better or worse, the tip drill was B.J. Daniels, defined. Two of Daniels’ three interceptions were tips, as was a long completion that put the Bulls deep in the red zone.

Skip Holtz hasn’t turned the corner with USF yet. There are growing doubts if he ever will.

Not that Rutgers was much better. The Scarlet Knights had 11 penalties (that were accepted) for 85 yards. Rutgers can run the ball well even without Savon Huggins and plays solid defense. There are some big, talented receivers on the team and even quarterback Gary Nova looked better tonight than he had in the first two weeks of the season.

But the penalties. Rutgers can’t seem to put it all together somehow.

If Rutgers can clean up even a little bit, they may – may — challenge Louisville for the Big East crown, but as of today the Cardinals still look like the class of this league. It’s not all that close, either.

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9 Responses to “South Florida gets off to another slow Big East start”
  1. spudvol says: Sep 13, 2012 11:59 PM

    Do you ever wonder if on the day Lou Holtz was naming his son he tried to say Chip but lisped so bad that it came out Skip?*

    Yes, I know Skip’s real name is Louis Leo Holtz Jr.

  2. fnc111 says: Sep 14, 2012 12:03 AM

    Kind of funny Skip was being mentioned as a possible replacement next year for Arkansas. He is lucky if usf doesn’t fire him.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 14, 2012 4:54 AM

    Skip WAS being mentioned not only in connection with the position at Arkansas but several other FBS schools. Maybe dropping down to FCS would work better for him.

  4. ddaniels11 says: Sep 14, 2012 9:01 AM

    Same problem Skip had at ECU, get rid of OC Todd Fitch before he costs you your job.

  5. buckeye1nation says: Sep 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    USF just can’t seem to turn the corner. It’s the opposite problem they had under Leavitt, who seemed to get off to good starts, but couldn’t finish.

  6. wustlumdnj says: Sep 14, 2012 4:03 PM

    I’m happy to see the Rutgers D looking as good as advertised.

  7. dvh1100 says: Sep 14, 2012 4:40 PM

    Can’t put the blame on skip, he didn’t throw the interceptions, or over throw the ball. I cannot wait until BJ Daniels is gone.

  8. whoisedgy says: Sep 14, 2012 4:59 PM

    Last night’s game is why the Big East is no longer “big league”. Thursday night, national t.v. game between so-called league big boys and reported attendance was 44,000. If there were 30,000 bodies in that stadium, I will eat my hat. Empty seats don’t sell we’ll on t.v.

  9. cincy98 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:32 PM

    Amazing how you dismiss the winner if the league for 3 of the past four seasons.

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