South Florida Must Contain Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey

Kevin WeissContributor IJanuary 15, 2017

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The South Florida Bulls were on a bye this past weekend, which was one weekend removed from their 38-14 loss against the No. 9 Florida Gators. This weekend should be much kinder to the Bulls (1-1) as they face a Western Kentucky team that has lost 23 games in a row. 

However, the Bulls can not get lazy or take the Hilltoppers (0-3) lightly as they have one of the most explosive and talented running backs in the nation in junior Bobby Rainey. Rainey, who is ranked fifth in the nation in rushing yards, has faced some tough competition with the likes of No. 8 Nebraska and Kentucky, who both have 3-0 records.

Rainey is thickly built at 5'7" and 196 pounds. So far this season, he has accumulated 444 yards and five touchdowns on 73 carries giving him an average of 6.1 yards per carry. During the 2009 campaign, Rainey hovered around the 1,000 yard mark when he gained 939 yards on 144 touches, giving him an average of 6.5 yards per carry.

The Bulls must be wary of Rainey for his ability to break a big run of 40 yards or more. There is no doubt that Rainey will get the ball all day and will most likely break the 100 yard mark, but they can not allow him to go the distance and score touchdowns during the duration of the game.

The next two games for the South Florida Bulls should be confidence-builders as they face the Hilltoppers, then the FAU Owls before their Big East opener against Syracuse.