Scott Tully's Top 25 College Football Preview: No. 22 South Florida Bulls

MB MBSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2008

All Bulls fans should be very optimistic about this coming season.  This is mainly because of QB Matt Grothe, but alongside Grothe, the Bulls also return nine other starters on offense and seven on defense.

Although the Bulls lost first-round pick (25th overall) CB Mike Jenkins to the Dallas Cowboys, they do return NCAA sack leader George Selvie, who tallied 14.5 sacks last season.

QB Matt Grothe ran for 10 TDs and threw for another 14 TDs, but he also threw 14 picks.  Grothe needs to limit the turnovers and concentrate on making the correct reads in the Bulls' spread offense.  With the pass or run threat Grothe possesses in the spread offense, opposing defenses will have their hands full.

RBs Mike Ford (645 yards, 12 TDs) and Ben Williams (425 yards, six TDs) had important roles in the Bulls' offense last season and look to carry the load this season as well.

An interesting test for the Bulls early in the season will be on Sep. 13, when they host the Kansas Jayhawks, who also had a “Cinderella” season last year, going 12-1.

Like a typical Southern team, the Bulls struggle playing in the cold.  If the Bulls run the table until their final game at West Virginia, you can bet the weather will play a factor when the Bulls travel to Morgantown on Dec. 6.

Andy Lawson, college football analyst, contributed to this article.