Countdown to Football Frustration

Next Frustrating Hoops Victory

Next Lacrosse Annihilation

2009 Big East Prospectus Part 6: South Florida

Editor’s Note: This is part six of an eight part series giving analysis of each of the eight teams in the Big East Football Conference, proceeding alphabetically, but ending with Syracuse. Two new teams will be released each weekday for the next four days, leading up to the start of the Syracuse Football season. Feel free to use the comment section to supplement the facts and analysis presented, however the opinions will stand. Enjoy and I hope you are looking forward to the new Big East football season as much as I am. Part 5 can be found here.
South Florida
Preview – USF has gone to four straight bowl games. Coach Jim Leavitt hopes to make it five, and this time a BCS game. USF does have the talent to do it. QB Matt Grothe (240/380, 2911yds, 18 TD, 14 INT, sacked 28 times) is a dual threat as he can throw, but also run (146car, 591yds, 4.0avg, 4 TD) as he was the leading rusher for USF last season. This is the heart and soul of the USF offense. Although there are questions about the offensive line, they will be solid enough to be in front of dynamic Grothe. On the other side, DE George Selvie, the best defensive player in school history, had been hampered by injury last season. Despite that, he led the team in sacks and could have been drafted high in the NFL. He came back and should dominate almost every team USF sees. As Winston Zeddemore would say, this team has the tools and the talent.

Key Returning Players – QB Matt Grothe, DE George Selvie, DT Terrell McClain

Key Losses – WR Marcus Edwards, C Jake Griffin, OT Marc Dile

My Thoughts – This is the team I picked to win the league this season. Sadly USF has had two years of peaking in the top ten only to lose and keep losing. Either way, with Grothe and Selvie leading their prospective sides of the ball, I feel that this is the year for USF to take a league that is open for the better team to take.

Will We Beat Them? – Although this is the Homecoming opponent for Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, this team will just be too good for the Syracuse defense. Syracuse will have much better coaching, especially on defense, this season, but the Bulls will be just too much to handle for Syracuse. Put this one down as a loss to who I think will be the eventual league champion.

Labels: , ,

0 Responses to “2009 Big East Prospectus Part 6: South Florida”

Post a Comment

Links to this post

Create a Link


  • Air Your Grievances

  • This About Sums It Up

  • I am less smart for having read your blog.
  • - Anonymous Georgetown supporter.
  • You are an idiot...
  • - Anonymous Nunes/Magician Reader.
  • Congrats on not being very good at what you do.
  • - Anonymous ACC supporter.
  • You are a dweeb, my friend. Grow a backbone.
  • - Anonymous UConn supporter.
  • ...vacuous, asinine, and mind numbing...
  • - Anonymous commenter.
  • Honestly, just admit that you are pathetic...
  • - Anonymous commenter.
  • You just don't have hoops experience.
  • - Twitter commenter.
  • Leave the journalism to talented people. Brian is just another hack and another fair weather fan.
  • - Twitter commenter.
  • A bad blog about Syracuse athletics.
  • - UConn Fan on Twitter (after winning NCAA).