No. 21 South Florida (2-0) at UConn (1-0), Saturday 10:30 a.m. ET (ESPNews) Line: USF by 17½.
No. 21 South Florida (2-0) at UConn (1-0), Saturday 10:30 a.m. ET (ESPNews)
Line: USF by 17½.
Series record: South Florida leads 9-5.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
South Florida fell two spots in the AP Top 25 after slow starts in wins over San Jose State and Stony Brook of the FCS. They could use a convincing win in their conference opener. UConn coach Randy Edsall, who is still tinkering with his depth chart, is looking for improvement and for some players to win jobs after a 27-20 come-from-behind win over Holy Cross, another Football Championship Subdivision team.
USF QB Quinton Flowers against the UConn secondary. The conference's 2016 offensive player of the year ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 213 and two more against the Huskies a year ago. UConn has six freshmen or sophomores on the two-deep in its defensive backfield. Holy Cross QB Peter Pujals threw for 358 yards against the Huskies.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
USF: Flowers, one of the nation's top dual-threat QBs, is just one rushing touchdown shy of tying the school record of 32 set by former teammate Marlon Mack.
UConn: Bryant Shirreffs, who lost the quarterback job in preseason to junior college transfer David Pindell, won it back by coming off the bench in the third quarter against Holy Cross and leading UConn back from a 20-7 deficit with three touchdown drives. Redshirt freshman TB Nate Hopkins ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns in his UConn debut.
FACTS & FIGURES
The game was moved from a noon start to allow USF enough time to travel back to Florida before Hurricane Irma hits the region. ... USF has won seven straight games dating to last season. The longest winning streak in school history is eight spanning two seasons in 2006-2007. ... The Bulls also have won six of their last seven road games. The Bulls also have scored at least 30 points in 19 consecutive games. ... UConn is just 3-24 in previous games against Top 25 competition. The Huskies last win against a ranked opponent came in November, 2015, when the Huskies beat then-unbeaten Houston.