It's been a disappointing season for both the USF Bulls (3-6, 1-4) and the Miami Hurricanes (5-5, 4-3). This matchup may have had the makings of a good intrastate rivalry at the beginning of the season but injuries and inconsistency by both the Bulls and Hurricanes have made it somewhat of a disappointment in actuality.
USF lost its starting quarterback B.J. Daniels for the season last week and has already been without several key players throughout the year. They've played tough, though, against some good competition and have been in nearly every game despite their 3-6 record. It's been late-game collapses that have done in the Bulls.
For the Hurricanes, their struggles have mostly stemmed from defense. They have the offensive firepower to score in droves but have been unable to keep opponents out of the end zone for much of the season. They're giving up 31 points per game.
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla.
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: 56, Spread: Miami (-7)
The 56 point over/under for this game is going to be blown away, likely by the scoring of the Hurricanes alone. South Florida is demoralized, beaten down and ready to give up despite posting some decent defensive numbers this season.
USF will be without starting quarterback B.J. Daniels for the remainder of the season, but they’ll still be able to run the ball and point up points against Miami’s weak defense.
Miami will likely cover the seven points at home in what should be an exciting and high-scoring affair, to say the least.
Injury Report via USA Today (as of 11/13/2012)
John Lejiste, DB, Probable
Danous Estenor, G, Questionable
Evan Landi, TE, Questionable
D’vario Montgomery, WR, Questionable
Derrick Hopkins, WR, Questionable
Willie Davis, RB, Questionable
B.J. Daniels, QB, Out for season
Lindsey Lamar, RB, Out for season
Eddie Johnson, LB, Questionable
Deon Bush, DB, Questionable
Denzel Perryman, LB, Questionable
Neither of these teams has a shot at a BCS berth. Miami has an outside shot at cracking the Top 25 but realistically, neither has any hope for making an impact this late in the season. There were early season hopes for both schools but they never materialized. More so for the Bulls who have lost a very underwhelming six games so far this season under Skip Holtz.
South Florida Player to Watch: Demetris Murray, RB
Murray remains the sole available standout for the Bulls as injuries continue to decimate their ailing roster. Quarterback B.J. Daniels and running back Lindsey Lamar have already been lost for the season.
While he doesn't really stand out in any one respect, he's a senior and the most reliable option in the backfield for the Bulls. Expect to see a heavy dose of him in Miami this weekend.
Miami Player to Watch: Duke Johnson, RB
Duke Johnson is a true impact player in every sense of the phrase. He can hurt teams in so many different ways, whether it's in the passing, running or special team's game.
The explosive freshman has 1,688 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns. He's also thrown for another touchdown.
Not bad for a freshman.
Prediction: Miami 41, South Florida 28
Despite this game having the makings of a great in-state rivalry game, the Hurricanes are going to jump out to a big lead in the first half and put the game out of reach. The Bulls may come back in the second half. But it won't be enough, as has been their calling card so far in 2012.
Look for a high tempo game that features a lot of scoring, mostly by the Hurricanes, as they will improve their record above .500.