Bulls hit stretch run: Five games in 26 days
With both of USF's bye weeks lined up in the middle of the season, the Bulls are about to finish the regular season the same way they started it, with a blitz of five football games in a span of 26 days.
That don't-blink finish makes it all the more important that USF find some momentum Saturday as the Bulls hope to end a three-game losing streak with a night game at Rutgers. At kickoff, USF will have gone 42 days without a win, matching the longest such streak within any regular season in the Bulls' 15-year history. That streak -- get ready for chills -- ended on Nov. 5, 2005 ... with a win at Rutgers.
"Let's get it rolling, kind of like we did at the beginning of the season," coach Skip Holtz said Sunday night. "The next game's the most important game one on the schedule, that old cliche, but it's really true in this case. It's going to be a very difficult test on the road. I don't know when the last time or if we've ever won at Rutgers."
The Bulls did in 2005, but the last two trips to Piscataway have not gone well. The 2007 loss, of course, started USF's fall from No. 2 in the national rankings, and the 2009 loss was the first regular-season shutout in USF's history, a 31-0 loss. The Bulls were able to pull off a 28-27 win in Tampa last season to end a four-game losing streak to the Scarlet Knights.
The main thing USF's players are concerned about is getting back on track and getting bowl-eligible -- the Bulls need two more wins in their final five games to extend their bowl streak to a seventh year.
"Bowl eligible. That's the main thing," running back Darrell Scott said. "We've got to start with this team in New Jersey."