#18 USF BULLS (four-zero, 1-zero AAC) AT EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (1-three, 1-zero AAC)
USF followers anticipate a dominating efficiency on the street on Saturday when the Bulls kickoff towards East Carolina (Midday ET, CBS Sports activities Community). Excellent news is that the Bulls have gained all three conferences in Greenville. USF will probably be trying to prolong its program-greatest 9 recreation profitable streak to 10 video games.
IN DEFENSE OF THE OFFENSE
It’s superb that the offense must show something, contemplating during the last two video games the Bulls have scored a mixed ninety factors and this system is on a 21-recreation streak of scoring at the least 30 factors. It’s the fourth longest streak all-time, simply two behind Oregon’s report of 23.
Nonetheless, USF followers are asking offensive coordinator Sterling Gilbert to unfold out the offense and let Quinton Flowers be Quinton Flowers. Q is coming off a lackluster efficiency towards Temple the place he went simply eight-for-20 for ninety six yards, though he did rush for 2 touchdowns. The excellent news is Darius Tice and D’Ernest Johnson each ran for over one hundred yards towards the Owls.
Allow us to not overlook that USF has the 9th-greatest dashing offense within the nation with 289 dashing yards per recreation.
KEEP IT GOING ON D
The protection is not trying to show itself, however proceed to remain within the highlight. Final day trip the Bulls pressured six turnovers, held Temple to eighty five yards. That included -four yards dashing for the Owls. USF is first within the nation with 12 interceptions. Senior security Devin Abraham leads the workforce with three interceptions. Senior linebacker Auggie Sanchez is 5th all-time in USF historical past with 325 tackles and is simply forty two shy of the report (367). Senior cornerback Deatrick Nichols is coming off a efficiency that included two interceptions and a pressured fumble. The Bulls have the threerd-greatest rush protection within the nation solely behind Duke and Minnesota.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR ECU
East Carolina is trying to make it eight victories of their final 9 convention residence openers. The Pirates held off UConn up in East Hartford for a forty one-38 recreation final weekend. East Carolina shall be counting on its passing recreation because it ranks 116th within the nation for dashing offense. The Pirates have the thirteenth greatest passing recreation in American proper now as they’re averaging 321 yards per recreation. This consists of 426 passing yards for senior QB Thomas Sirk towards UConn. Extensive receiver Davon Grayson has 4 touchdowns this season and receiver Trevon Brown has 2 touchdowns to date in 2017.
USF fifty one, East Carolina thirteen. Bulls win and they need to win straightforward to maneuver to five-zero for the primary time since 2009.