|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on NCAAFAs the Louisville Cardinals take on the Bulls, the clash of titans comes to Tampa this week. The South Florida Bulls come into this match with an odd year to date. Starting off with four consecutive wins including one over #16 rated Notre Dame, the USF Bulls have been quite streaky this year. They have followed up that high with four straight losses to where the South Florida Bulls presently stay with a 5-5 record and a 1-4 record in the Big East. With an average 30 points per game on offense and a 20.8 points per game on defense, the Bulls have a great percentage of offense/defense. The Louisville Cardinals come into competition with a 6-5 record with a 4-2 Big East record which leads the conference. Like their counterparts, Louisville also holds a victory over a ranked adversary defeating #24 ranked West Virginia. When the Louisville Cardinals have won, they've won by slim margins retaining a 20.8 points per game on offense and allowing 18.7 points to their competitors.
The USF Bulls are directed by junior Qb B.J. Daniels (2,378 passing yards - 60.4 completion pct - 12 td/6 int - 131.3 rating) who can hurt the Cardinals on the ground as well (122 rushes - 578 yards - 5 rushing td's). Daniels' favorite target down the field is sophomore WR Sterling Griffin (40 catches - 493 yards - 2 td's). The Cardinals offensive attack is led by freshman Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (1,614 passing yards - 65.8 completion pct - 9 td/9 int - 131.2 rating). The running game is bolstered by senior back Victor Anderson (89 rushes - 442 yards - 3 td's) and sophomore RB Dominique Brown (110 rushes - 413 yards - 3 td's). Freshman WR Michaelee Harris (35 catches - 438 yards - 2 td's) can be counted on to make the huge play. Both teams come into this match with matching records and a great deal at stake to end the season on a high note. The Bulls are headed by first year coach Skip Holtz (son of Lou Holtz) who brings lots of football knowledge to Tampa. The Louisville Cardinals are manned by second year coach Charlie Powerful who was an assistant coach at the University of Florida for the last 7 years prior to his arrival in Louisville.