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2010 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 – Skip Holtz takes over a USF program that has only ever had one other coach since the inception of their program. Last season they earned eight wins, including their Bowl Game, but that seems about all they will ever be capable of at this point. The offense has a great leader in surprise QB BJ Daniels (122/227, 1983yds, 14 TD, 9 INT, sacked 32 times), but their running back core is depleted due to dismissals and academic issues. They also do not have great options to throw to either. Their defense is pedestrian at best. They lack playmakers in all areas. There are big questions on the defensive line and in the secondary. This team will have some big questions and although Holtz remains optimistic, some of the tougher games on their schedule will be out of reach for this particular team, no matter how well Daniels is playing.

Key Returning Players – QB BJ Daniels, DE Craig Marshall, RB Moise Plancher

Key Losses – QB Matt Grothe, DE George Selvie, RB Mike Ford

My Thoughts – This is another middle of the pack team that will determine their place through luck and who has the better day when they play some of the other middle of the pack conference teams. BJ Daniels is a stud and can do a lot of things but he is just one man. Football is a team game, and this team just isn’t really good. They will do just fine this season however, which is alright for a new football coach who has time to build the program in the always tough Florida area.

Will We Beat Them – If this game was in the Carrier Dome I’d give serious thought into the idea that Syracuse could upset them. However I just don’t think Syracuse will be able to stop Daniels for all four quarters in Tampa. I’ll put this one down as a loss for Syracuse to open their schedule. However, is it possible this is an upset game Syracuse steals because USF is focusing on West Virginia in their next game? It sure is.

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