Miami vs. South Florida: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2013

Sep 21, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris (17) before a game against the Savannah State Tigers at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
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The Miami Hurricanes have won their first three games of the 2013 campaign by a combined score of 132-29. 

Now they head to Tampa for their first road game against South Florida.

Miami is coming off a 77-7 victory over woeful FCS program Savannah State. The Hurricanes did so despite losing starting quarterback Stephen Morris in the first quarter with a bone bruise. 

In relief, quarterbacks Ryan Williams and Gray Crow combined to go 17-of-19 for 231 yards and three touchdowns, while the Hurricanes' rushing attack compiled 324 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. 

South Florida has lost its first three games of the season. That includes falling to FCS opponent McNeese State, Michigan State and FBS bottom-feeder Florida Atlantic.

Here's a look at the clash on Saturday in Tampa.

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When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 12 p.m. ET

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Watch: ESPNU

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Betting Line (via Miami -18.5


Miami Injuries (via USA Today)

Out: WR Rashawn Scott (Collarbone), G Danny Isidora (Foot)

Questionable: C Shane McDermott (Lower Back), QB Stephen Morris (Ankle)

Probable: N/A


South Florida Injuries (via USA Today)

Out: G Thor Jozwiak (Heart)

Questionable: CB Chris Bivins Jr (Knee), WR Alex Mut (Shoulder), FB Tye Turner (Neck), LB Reshard Cliett (Shoulder)

Probable: N/A


Top Storyline: The Health of Stephen Morris

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 21: Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes is helped off the field after being injured during first quarter action against the Savannah State Tigers on September 21, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Mia
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Hurricanes head coach Al Golden said that senior quarterback Stephen Morris is "absolutely" expected to play on Saturday, according to Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald, so his availability against the Bulls shouldn't be an issue.

That being said, his injury needs to be monitored closely. The last thing the Hurricanes need is for him to aggravate it down the stretch, especially ahead of the Nov. 2 clash against Florida State.

Morris hasn't had a great start to the 2013 campaign after a big year in 2012. He's completed 54 percent of his passes for 7.2 yards per pass attempt while tossing four touchdowns to two interceptions.

But Morris showed in 2012 that he has NFL-caliber talent. He was having a big game against Savannah State (3-of-4, 82 yards, touchdown) before leaving the game in the first quarter. The Hurricanes will need him to be ready for the clash against the Seminoles in November.


Prediction: Miami 35, South Florida 7

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 30: Stephen Morris #17 hands the ball off to Duke Johnson #8 of the Miami Hurricanes during first quarter action against the Florida Atlantic Owls on August 30, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated
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The Hurricanes have been rolling offensively and the Bulls have yet to slow anyone down. 

While the Hurricanes rank 14th in the nation in points per game, the Bulls rank 102nd in points per game allowed. That includes losing to Florida Atlantic two weeks ago, 28-10, and allowing a whopping 53 points to McNeese State in their opening week. 

The Hurricanes like to run the ball, ranked 30th in the nation in rushing yards per game behind sophomore running back Duke Johnson. That doesn't bode well for a South Florida team ranked 67th in the country in yards per carry allowed.

Despite this game being in Tampa, it's hard to give South Florida much of a shot. Miami rolls, even with a hobbled Stephen Morris.


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