South Florida Will Dominate Wofford: Here's Why

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Defensive end George Selvie #95 of the University of South Florida Bulls sets for play against the Louisville Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium on November 17, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  South Florida won 55-17.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Say what you want about the Wofford Terriers being a great little team.

Say what you want about them giving South Carolina a game last year.

After watching South Carolina beat N.C. State 7-3 Thursday night, it looks like anyone can give South Carolina a game this year.

Say what you want about that dipsy-do, triple-option running attack the Terriers employ.

It sound like a newer version of the old single-wing.

Say what you want about Wofford's chances against South Florida in the Bulls' season opener Saturday evening at Raymond James Stadium.

What you need to know is that USF will control this contest.

Here's why:

George Selvie, All-America, defensive end (6-4, 245), David Bedford opposite him (6-5, 250), nose tackle Terrell McClain (6-3, 308), tackle Aaron Harris (6-4, 265). That's USF's defensive line. They're big and fast.

Here's more 'big and fast': linebackers Kion Wilson in the middle, Sabbath Joseph on the strongside and Chris Robinson on the weakside. Fast, fast and faster.

The much-improved secondary has Quenton Washington and freshman Kayvon Webster at the corners, proven Nate Allen and Jerrell Young at the safeties.

This is a bigger, better defense for the 2009 Bulls.

It's better because defensive coordinator Joe Tresey has made it that way. USF head coach Jim Leavitt stepped on a lucky stone when Tresey fell into his lap. Tresey coordinated last year's Big East champ Cincinnati; the last team Tresey saw live was Virginia Tech.

Game planning Wofford is probably a little less demanding. This USF defense will stop Wofford. We won't even get into the new and improved USF offense.

Suffice to say that new OC Mike Canales is a huge step up from last year's guy, Greg Gregory, who is no longer on the staff.

And there's that guy, Matt something...ah yes...Matt Grothe.

That's Matt Grothe, soon to be holder of the Big East record for total offense.

Yes, let Wofford figure out a way to stop Grothe and his offense.

It's not going to happen.

Not this Saturday.