The South Florida Bulls (2-1) are headed to Indiana to take on the Ball State Cardinals (2-1) in a game that should be extremely exciting.
Both teams have potent offensive attacks and it should be a relatively high-scoring affair.
Let's take a closer look at this important Big East vs. MAC matchup by focusing on where you can watch it, some players that will be out with injury, Top-25 implications, possible key performers and a prediction on the outcome.
Where: Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, Indiana
When: Saturday, Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET
Watch: SNY / MASN / ESPN-GP / ERTV
Live Stream: ESPN3
Listen: Free Football Radio
Betting Line: South Florida -10.5
Injury Report (Via USA TODAY)
T Mark Popek—Leg—PRB
RB Marcus Shaw—Ankle—QST
DL Elkino Watson—Undisclosed—QST
WR Sterling Griffin—Knee—OUT
RB Dwayne Donigan—Ankle—QST
QB Kelly Page—Ankle—QST
TE Sam Brunner—Foot—OUT
OL Josh Smith—Knee—OUT
Neither Ball State nor South Florida is close to a Top-25 ranking as of the Week 4 polls.
The Bulls ruined their chances for consideration by losing, 23-13, at home to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last Thursday in a nationally televised game.
They need a victory against the Cardinals on Saturday and then a big upset victory over Florida State on Sept. 29 to get back into the running for a Top-25 spot.
South Florida Player to Watch: B.J. Daniels
The Bulls signal-caller has been solid this season, throwing for 830 yards and six touchdowns while connecting on 54-of-99 pass attempts.
He’s got to work on his turnovers, as he’s also thrown for four interceptions (three against Rutgers).
Daniels is a solid runner (32 attempts for 124 yards and a TD so far this season), so tucking the ball when nothing is available might be the best option.
Ball State Player to Watch: Jahwan Edwards
The sophomore RB needs to have a special performance to help the Cardinals beat the Bulls this weekend.
So far this season, he’s racked up 332 yards and four touchdowns on 52 rushing attempts, and he’ll have to improve on that impressive per carry average to pull the upset.
Edwards is a gifted back and Ball State seems committed to the ground game, so expect him to get his touches.
Prediction: USF 35, Ball St. 24
This game might be close in the early going, but eventually the speed and skill of South Florida will shine through.
If Daniels can manage the game and make plays, the Bulls will pick up an easy victory.
Should USF commit turnovers and allow the Cardinals to gash them with their rushing game, they might not get it done—but that just seems unlikely after a humbling Week 3 loss.
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