Preview: Connecticut at South Florida

When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, September 19, 2014
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida


Very little went right for South Florida in its first season under then-rookie coach Willie Taggart, with one of the few exceptions being how it played at the start of its conference schedule. The Bulls on Friday look to win their American Athletic Conference opener for the second straight season when they host Connecticut. South Florida went 2-10 in 2013 – the worst campaign in its 17-year football history – but managed to defeat Cincinnati and the Huskies to begin league play last October.

The Bulls did not score an offensive touchdown in either victory and have only tallied one in each of their last two losses since freshman Marlon Mack rushed for four by himself in a season-opening win over Western Carolina. Connecticut also secured its only victory against an FCS foe in Stony Brook, although it was able to frustrate undefeated Brigham Young in its opener and played Boise State tight through three-plus quarters last Saturday. The Huskies and Bulls have met every year since 2005 and each of the former Big East rivals’ last seven meetings has been decided by seven points or fewer.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: South Florida -2

ABOUT CONNECTICUT (1-2): First-year coach Bob Diaco was pleased with his defense despite giving up 38 points last week as it held Boise State 245 yards below its season average in total offense and limited Broncos’ running back Jay Ajayi 113 yards under his season rushing average. "The defense, playing basically the same system they played in week one, looked nothing like it looked in week one. I'm proud of the way that they played today," Diaco said. Chandler Whitmer became the eighth player in program history to surpass 4,000 passing yards after throwing for a season-high 209 last week.

ABOUT SOUTH FLORIDA (1-2): The Bulls have played eight freshmen this season and two have already left a mark on the offensive end, including Mack’s AAC-record 275 yards rushing yards in the opener. In last weekend’s 49-17 loss to North Carolina State, it was Ryeshene Bronson’s turn as the freshman receiver collected two catches for 80 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception early in the first quarter. Andre Davis, who led South Florida with 49 catches and 735 yards last season, remains questionable after suffering a bruised sternum against Western Carolina.

EXTRA POINTS

1. South Florida’s victory at Connecticut last year marked only the second time in 11 all-time meetings that the home team did not win.

2. Huskies WR Geremy Davis, who became the seventh player in school history to eclipse 2,000 career receiving yards last week, has a reception in 29 straight contests – tied for the 12th-longest streak in FBS.

3. The Bulls are tied for second in FBS with 10 takeaways, collecting at least one fumble and interception in every game.

PREDICTION: Connecticut 19, South Florida 16

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Connecticut 1-2 L1 16.7 29.7 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0
South Florida 1-2 L2 23.3 34.7 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

Connecticut South Florida
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/12/13 USF 13 CONN 10 356 207 149 228 122 106

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CONN T. Boyle 34.9 149 0 0
USF B. Eveld 28.6 106 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CONN L. McCombs 20 164 8.2 1
USF D. Tice 11 69 6.3 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CONN G. Davis 6 80 13.3 0
USF M. Pierre 2 28 14.0 0
TDs Player TD
CONN L. McCombs 1
USF S. Adkinson 0
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CONN C. Whitmer 49.3 464 3 2
USF M. White 32.6 275 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CONN M. DeLorenzo 29 104 3.6 0
USF M. Mack 58 399 6.9 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CONN G. Davis 16 256 16.0 2
USF R. Adams 6 116 19.3 0
TDs Player TD
CONN G. Davis 2
USF M. Mack 4

Quickchart Matchup

Connecticut Off vs  South Florida Def
289.3 yards
453.3 yards
1.9 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
5.9 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt
South Florida Off vs  Connecticut Def
300.3 yards
368.3 yards
4.6 yards/rush
3.6 yards/rush
5.4 yards/attempt
7.9 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
0
-110
48
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-105
-1.5
-110
42
Sportsbook
-105
-1.5
-110
42.5
5Dimes.eu
-108
-1
-105
42
GTBets.eu
-115
-2
-110
42
Top Bet
-110
-1.5
-110
42.5
BetOnline.ag
-115
-2
-110
42.5
BetDSI
-110
-1.5
-110
41.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-105
-1.5
-110
42.5
BookMaker.eu
-110
-1.5
-110
42
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-1
-110
42
Mirage
-110
-1
-110
43
Station
-110
-1.5
-110
42
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Connecticut Overall South Florida
1-2-0 W/L 1-2-0
0-3-0 ATS 1-2-0
1-2-0 O/U 2-1-0
16.7 Pts For 23.3
29.7 Pts Against 34.7
Connecticut A/H South Florida
0-0 W/L 1-2
0-0-0 ATS 1-2-0
0-0-0 O/U 2-1-0
0.0 Pts For 23.3
0.0 Pts Against 34.7