Friday, September 02, 2005USF-Penn State
The Game: South Florida finally joins the world of the BCS elite and still has to travel to Happy Valley with no return game in sight. Oh well it’s no big deal for the Bulls at this point. South Florida has a QB situation – there’s Pat Julmiste, the returning starter and the Auburn transfer Courtney Denson. USF coach Jim Leavitt says both will play. I say they can’t win with Julmiste. Meanwhile Penn St. would like to find offense from anywhere it can come.
The Players: Andre Hall is the Bulls best (read as only) offensive weapon. The running back was All-CUSA last year and should match or better his 1,300-yard output from 2004. The Lions have Michael Robinson, a dual threat quarterback who also has issues with his passing.
The Numbers: Penn State didn’t give up more than 21 points in a game last season and still finished 4-7. South Florida hasn’t beaten a team from a BCS conference since a memorable upset over Pittsburgh in 2002.
The Line: Opened with Penn State by 20 and has risen to 21.
The Forecast: Both teams have questions on offense and while USF has the more established talent in Hall, Penn State will have the more established players in the positions on defense.
The Pick: Penn State 21, USF 10.