Friday, July 31, 2009

Pre Season Collegiate Football Predictions- University of South Florida

It's that time of year again where we're all getting geared up and prepped for college football. Is there a better feeling than waking up Saturday morning, cracking a cold brew while devouring some cereal, and watching those three morons errrrrrrr experts on ESPN? Oh, wait, there's four of them now, right?

It's so close and I, for one, am getting antsy yet excited.

So, I'm going to go ahead and give my predictions on the programs in the State of Florida. Well, not all of the programs. Just the important ones. And, no, I don't claim to be an "expert" or "guru," so shut your trap if one of my predictions doesn't happen to come true.

First up, the University of South Florida:

I hate to say this, but USF's schedule looks tough. Okay, okay, I know they play three ridiculously easy games, but after that it's no picnic.

They'll enter Doak 3 and 0 on September 26 to face their in-state rivals, the Florida State Seminoles. This is the first time these two teams will meet, so it should be interesting. If USF wants to be taken seriously they have to either win or give the 'Noles all they can handle. I don't see them pulling this off though. FSU has too many athletes and the extra incentive to not get beaten by the little school in Tampa. I think the Bulls start fast, but FSU's speed and depth wear them out.

The only sure fire winnable game I see after this is at Syracuse. Everything else really is a toss up.

Cincinnati, @Pitt, West Virginia, @Rutgers, Louisville, and @UConn is no simple task for the Bulls. @Pitt is intriguing and may not be too cold yet for the boys in Tampa, but @Rutgers and @UConn will be too much for the kids from a warm-weather state. Plus, I think USF will be too exhausted after taking on Miami the week before UConn.

Cincinnati seems to always give the Bulls fits and the Bulls tend to do the same for the Mountaineers. I see them winning both as the home field should benefit the Bulls.

My upset prediction: USF over the University of Miami on Novermber 28th. I think the Bulls will be jacked up for that game and Ray Jay will be rocking with Gold and Green. Plus, it'll be Selvie and Grothe's last game in Tampa.

My team to potentially upset the Bulls: Rutgers over USF on November 12th. Forget the cold; the Bulls will be working with a shortened week and they have to travel. Never an easy task.

Player to watch out for: DE George Selvie, of course. This kid could've been a 1st rounder, but came back to finish out his collegiate career.

Player to watch out for: MLB Kion Wilson. Big, thumping middle linebacker with good speed and awareness in coverage.

Final Predictions:

Wofford- W
@W. Kentucky- W
Charleston Southern- W
@Florida State- L
@Syracuse- W
Cincinnati- W
@Pittsburgh- L
West Virginia- W
@Rutgers- L
Louisville- W
Miami- W
@UConn- L

8-4 and a possible contention for the Big East Title, but unlikely.

I'll do the University of Miami next...


Sean said...

Good Job Billy. Keep it coming. You have to do one for Michigan too. I need to read as many as possible to keep from going nutz until the season starts.

Jim said...

The talent disparity between FSU and USF is not as great as you might think... moreover, USF was able to go on the road in 2007 and upset Auburn in a much more hostile environment.

(USF will have 10,000 fans at the Doak, cutting into the FSU home field advantage. Moreover, FSU is coming back from a road trip to BYU.)

USF may not go 12-0, as the Bulls usually seem to lose a game that should be a win, but 8-4 is a bit too pessimistic. I would say 11-1 with a loss on the road to Pitt.

Basil said...

Sean, I'm sticking to the state of Florida, but I'll do Meeeeeechigan just for you.

Jim, 11-1? Really? Wanna bet?