USF Prepares for Huge Big East Game Against Temple on Saturday

Matthew Staton@@usfmattContributor IOctober 1, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Quarterback B. J. Daniels #7 of the South Florida Bulls warms up for play against the Florida State Seminoles September 29, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. ( Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The USF Bulls are now 2-3 (0-1) on the season after an emotional loss to FSU on Saturday night.  The Bulls battled the then fourth-ranked Seminoles on national television, coming away with a few positives from the effort.  However, as the team prepares for a road game with Temple, questions remain.

The Bulls laid it all out on the field on Saturday, swarming to the ball on defense while senior quarterback B.J. Daniels ran for his life, just trying to get positive yardage against one of the best defenses in the country.  The Bulls played with tremendous effort after falling the week before to Ball State.

Yet now with a losing record and a road trip to Philadelphia this Saturday, where will the season go from here?

The Bulls can take two paths after the loss to FSU.  One, they can rally and build off the effort and come out ready for Temple on Saturday.  USF, a five-point favorite in this game, should be ready to run all over the Owls.

B.J. Daniels and the speedy skill players on the team will be ready, but more importantly, the seniors on the team will be ready.

USF was a considered to have a legitimate chance to win the Big East this season, but in the midst of a three-game losing streak, the team is in a slump and it will be up to the seniors to bring them out of it.  However, what happens if they can’t?

What happens if the Bulls, who put it all out there on Saturday, head to Temple and lose a game to a team they should beat? 

USF would then sit at 2-4 (0-2) on the season, head into a bye week with the sour taste of defeat and then have to prepare for a road trip to Louisville, the conference favorite.  A loss this weekend would be devastating not only to the team, but for fans of Coach Holtz.

Holtz, now just 15-15 since taking over, has to get the mistakes sorted out on this team and get the Bulls refocused for this weekend.  If he can’t, it could be a long season.