Bowl thoughts: Here comes the Sun?
There's plenty of time to talk about Saturday's 48-37 win at Pittsburgh, but I imagine the conversation will quickly turn to the future. Where will the Bulls be playing this bowl season? Have they showed enough to beat out Cincinnati for a spot in the Sun Bowl in El Paso?
West Virginia is destroying Connecticut and will soon clinch the Big East's automatic BCS berth, and the Huskies are getting beaten badly enough that they'll drop out of all the major polls. So the question is whether USF's win at Pittsburgh was dominant enough to keep the Bulls ranked ahead of Cincinnati, which plays at Syracuse tonight. If Cincy wins big, could allowing 23 points in the last eight minutes cost the Bulls a trip to El Paso and the $500,000 dropoff in bowl payout that would come with any other bowl?
USF put up 48 points and 352 yards on a defense that ranked No. 9 nationally, and the Bulls were up 34-14 with eight minutes to play. That's enough, right? USF's win against West Virginia has never looked more impressive. Talk about the win against Pittsburgh here and check back for links to all our stories in Sunday's paper.
(I'm in the Pittsburgh airport, awaiting a connecting flight to Charlotte. This is a little risky of me -- my colleague Brian Landman is cringing at the very thought of such postgame madness -- but I'll have about 90 minutes in Charlotte to file what I haven't already filed. As if getting home early weren't already a bonus, Alamo doesn't charge me for a not-quite-full gas tank, and the Pittsburgh airport has a Qdoba. USF's Chris Freet has me addicted to the Mexican gumbo there. Yum.)