Here are my five keys for this Friday night game against Cincinnati. This is a big game for both sides on Friday night.
Home turf – USF stormed the field on Saturday night as the home crowd energized the Bulls and helped them get the victory. Has the Raymond James Stadium energy come back for the Bulls? Will the fans return on Friday night to make it loud again? I hope so, it is the season finale at home and it will be senior night for this team. They deserve the full support of the USF and Tampa community so fill the place up!
Bowl game ahead – The Bulls are bowl eligible and it feels good, but we should not be content on just that. There have been teams with 6 wins that have been left out of the bowl selections, so there is still work to do. Not to mention the Bulls are sitting nicely in the AAC standings in the East and have a lot of play for if some things fall there way. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but this game is huge not just for the conference but to lock in that bowl bid for good with another win. They have to get it done.
Spread offense of Cincinnati – The Bearcats average nearly 40 points again and have a lot of weapons both on the ground and through the air. Coach Tom Allen and his defense will be pushed hard in this game. USF has faced a lot of spread offenses and will have to use that experience in this game because it could be tough. The Bearcats are loaded with weapons all over the field, so get ready for a battle.
Attack the Bearcat offense – While the Cincinnati offense is good, there defense on the other hand is not that great. USF has shown the ability to pass and run the ball throughout the course of the season and they should be able to do it again. Look for Quinton Flowers to use his legs and his arm to attack this Cincinnati defense. This game has the makings of a shoot out and the Bulls have to be able to answer back when called upon.
What’s next? – Well, we upset a top 25 team, stormed the field, and got bowl eligible. What’s next for this team? Can they learn from their success on the field, get another win, and continue to grow? Or will they fall after getting so far? We want them to succeed but there is still a faint part of me that is weary and ready for something bad to happen. It is what happens when you have seen bad football for years. I hope we have turned the corner and use the Temple momentum moving forward starting in this game.