(Stopping) the running of the Bulls

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It takes place a year to the date of last year's game.

Last Oct. 22, South Florida (they like USF, and they're actually in Tampa which is not near South Florida) came to Nippert Stadium and beat the Bearcats 38-30. The evasive BJ Daniels threw for two scores and ran for two more.

That loss started the second half of UC's season where the Bearcats slumped and were victorious just once in the last six tries.  3-3 turned into 4-8 with much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In that loss, Zach Collaros threw the ball 53 times for 463 yards and three touchdowns. USF's BJ Daniels was just 13-16 for 286 yards and two scores, but was far more effective.

Naturally, that leads to the key to this game which should be obvious to anyone that's played football, seen a football, played electric football, fantasy football or flag football.

Of course, it's easier said than done.  You MUST contain BJ Daniels!

Two years in a row, he's shaken, squirmed and juked away from Bearcat tacklers and either made plays with his legs or found someone as alone as Tom Hanks in "Castaway" when a defender bit on one of his fakes.

Raymond James Stadium has to become Pamplona for the Bearcats. Defensively, if you don't stop the Bulls (mainly Daniels) you WILL get gored.

Offensively, UC must elude the Bulls diving and dashing and snarling after them. (My advice--don't wear red.)

This can all be accomplished and has been accomplished. If you go back two years ago, the "sub from Steubenville" gave USF a bit of their own medicine as the Bearcats racked up a prime time win.

The biggest key in Tampa is for UC's defense to play as effectively as they in their last couple of games.  The Bulls won't carve you up passing like Tennessee's Tyler Bray did, but Daniels does have big play capability.

UC might also want to take a page out of Pitt's playbook when Ray Graham racked up 229 yards on the Bulls at  Heinz Field as the Panthers rolled USF 44-17.

Sure, I like to see the ball in the air and points aplenty, but the numbers show that Isaiah Pead will eventually crack the code given the right number of attempts.  Pead is running as good as any Division I back around. 

There should be no need for Collaros to throw for over 400 yards.  To stop USF's progress, UC should impede with Pead. Even if it takes short passes, the "prophet" Isaiah needs the pumpkin to continue preaching the gospel to his followers.

Obviously, if they stuff the box to take away No. 23, Nos. 1,3, 6,12, 18 and 80 are viable weapons.

Winning at Raymond James won't be easy, the Bulls are averaging 53 points in three games there.  However, if it gets to be a shootout, UC has that experience. 

If they hold the Bulls down defensively, all the better.

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