Whatever USF has to say about Temple waits till Thursday

Whatever USF has to say about Temple waits till Thursday
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When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Raymond James Stadium“It’s a really complete offense,” Collins adds. “They spread you horizontally and then they spread you vertically and then they run the ball with some really good running backs and a big offensive line.”

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Golden State has won two of the last three NBA Finals and led the NBA in scoring during the past two seasons. Like the Warriors, the South Florida is no stranger to piling up points. The Bulls have scored 30 or more points in 20 consecutive games, which is the longest streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

South Florida also lost its head coach after last season. Willie Taggart is now coaching the Ducks in Eugene, but USF managed to land Charlie Strong after he was dumped by Texas.

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Now Temple is back in town today for a 7:30 p.m. game that doesn’t have nearly the implications of last year’s battle because last year, the Owls were pretty good and this year they’re not.YouTube page. Three new thrilling VR experiences each week. Immerse yourself.

“It’s all fixable,” Strong said. “It’s a matter of us putting the right people out there and getting the right people in place and those things won’t happen.”  

South Florida running back D’Ernest Johnson (2) gets by Illinois linebacker Jimmy Marchese (41) on a 17-yard touchdown reception during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

“It was a total offensive effort,” Strong said. “Quinton did a good job putting the ball in different playmaker’s hands.”  

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“The holes were wide open. Anyone could have run through them.”

“Taking the ball away and tackling — those are two things that we’re doing very, very well right now,” Hoggins added. “And that’s why this defense has improved.”— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. McGuire also contributes to College Football Talk and The Comeback as well as hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB and Like him on Facebook.

USF looks like an easy favorite in this one as the veteran program while Temple is younger and still coming together under new head coach Geoff Collins and his staff. If Temple is going to threaten USF, the Owls must find a way to knock Quinton Flowers off his game.Need More winners against the spread? Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. Instant Access here.

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“They are fine,” Bryant said. “…Some lost power but everybody is good.”

USF's ready for revenge against Temple
USF's ready for revenge against Temple

TAMPA — It was Temple that threw the wrench in the gears last year. When the Owls beat South Florida, 46-30, it hung a second loss around the Bulls’ necks and took some of the luster off what would end up being a 10-2 record.Temple will be tasked with facing that Bulls offense Thursday at 7 p.m. when it travels to Tampa to start American Athletic Conference play. The Bulls are ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.Here’s how to watch Thursday’s game between Temple and USF:Even though Temple opened its football season at Notre Dame, the Owls biggest game this year occurs on Thursday when they travel to Tampa to face South Florida in the first American Athletic Conference game for both teams.“In basketball terminology, they want to be the [Golden State] Warriors, right?” the offensive coordinator said. “They want to get the ball off the rim, they want to run it down the court. They want to jack up a shot, play fast, play that frenzied type of offense.”

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Coaches: Temple, Geoff Collins (1st season, 2-1); USF, Charlie Strong (1st season, 3-0; overall, 56-37).

Five-goal night pushes USF past UNFLine: 19½ as of 5:30 p.m. ET Thursday. Sagarin difference: USF by 10.89.

Temple Owls vs. USF Bulls Game Preview
Temple Owls vs. USF Bulls Game Preview

South Florida is 13-3 in conference games over the last two seasons, but it was a loss at Temple at sent the Owls, not the Bulls, to the American Athletic Conference title game as the AAC East representative last season. After slow-starting performances in its first two outings, USF ran all over Illinois last week in the program’s first-ever win against a Big Ten team (1-5 all-time). Quarterback Quinton Flowers was one of three 100-yard rushers in the game, accounting for 386 total yards and five total touchdowns in three quarters of work against the Illini. 

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Point Spread: South Florida -20.5Over/Under: 58.5Collins said Fair is working hard and will be a game-time decision.

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FLPoint Spread: As of Tuesday evening, USF is favored between 18 and 20 points in the books listed on OddsShark.com
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Last week Jennings gave the Owls the lead for good with a 30-yard touchdown reception from Marchi that gave Temple a 10-7 advantage late in the second quarter.

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By the way, Temple gained 319 yards rushing in its win over USF a year ago. In three games this year USF has given up just 268.
Records: USF comes in with a 3-0 record (0-0 AAC) while Temple sits at 2-1 (0-0 AAC).
Quinton Flowers is leading the team with 678 passing yards and eight touchdowns while also rushing for 243 yards and two scores. Darius Tice is the leading rusher with 256 yards and four scores while D’Ernest Johnson is adding 215 yards and two scores on the ground. As a team, USF is posting 281.3 rushing yards per game.

“Protecting the ball on offense,” he says. “Don’t want to give them any more possessions. Then on defense we’ve really got to focus in on tackling in space and then once we get the guy tackled, going for that ball and trying to give our offense more possessions.”

“Playing up here, they don’t get as many family and friends to play in front of,” said Collins, who has spent five seasons coaching in the Sunshine State, including the previous two as the University of Florida defensive coordinator. “Thursday will be a lot of family and friends and also with it being on the national television stage [ESPN], everybody will get to see them.”

Defense emerges as USF prepares for Temple
Defense emerges as USF prepares for Temple

People may get on this team for “slow starts,” but last week really wasn’t that slow. In fact, the game was well in hand almost the entire way through. The Bulls did have issues on special teams that allowed for Illinois to stay in the game a little longer, but fans were not overly worried. A win against a P5 opponent, no matter how bad, is still a good win.

South Florida: Will the Bulls make the most of this perception-forming spotlight? Thursday night  nationally-televised games put teams like USF under the microscope as it pertains to how this team stacks up against the rest of the country. USF not only needs to win this game to stay on track in the conference title race, but it needs to look good as the profiles of the top Group of Five teams start getting compared to each throughout the season with an eye on the reserved spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game. This is arguably one of the team’s three most important conference games in terms of its perception as one of the top teams in the country, and it would behoove Charlie Strong’s team to look the part on Thursday night. 

Depending on whom you ask, the Bulls (3-0) are tackling more effectively, filling gaps more efficiently, accentuating the little things with more diligence, playing with more passion, or all of the above.

New head coach Geoff Collins has experience with a lackluster offense and no quarterback in place from his time as the defensive coordinator at UF. So it was only fitting that he took over for Matt Rhule after he left for Baylor, of all places.

How Centeio feels isn’t known since Collins prohibits true freshmen from speaking to the media.

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