USF-Auburn: Giving Respect Where It's Due
We all know about West Virginia, and Louisville, and Rutgers.
Well America—say hello to South Florida.
In just their sixth season as a Division 1-A football team, the Bulls managed to pull off one of the more surprising upsets of the year...on the road!
It's common knowledge that the SEC is the premier conference in college football. To beat an SEC powerhouse like Auburn on their own turf speaks volumes about the strides the USF program has made in its 11 years of existence.
Recruiting in the state of Florida is never easy, not with Florida, Florida State, and Miami to contend with. Jim Leavitt, though, has done a marvelous job.
In the last three years, the FSU coach has put together a program worthy of national recognition.
Two years ago, Brian Brohm and the Louisville Cardinals walked into Raymond James Stadium and were promptly shellacked, ending their hopes of a National Championship.
Last year, the Bulls went to Morgantown to face Pat White and Steve Slaton of West Virginia—and returned home to Tampa with one more "check" in the win column.
Two wins over highly ranked teams...and still no respect. That may have ended Saturday night, when the Bulls came out of Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 26-23 overtime victory.
The Bulls, led by sophomore quarterback Matt Grothe and senior linebacker Ben Moffitt, get another chance to make waves in two weeks against West Virginia. A win would leave no doubt as to their standing on the national stage.
Until then, USF will still be the Rodney Dangerfields of college football—no matter who they beat, they get no respect.
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