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Bulls win it all in '11? Odds set at 100-to-1



I've fallen into a bad habit of finding little USF morsels and simply tweeting them rather than cobbling them together into a blog post of assorted Bulls curiosities. So while all of you should be following me at I do have a number of things to address here on the blog ...

-- Think USF can win it all in 2011? has set its opening lines for the national championship this fall and USF comes in at 100-to-1, essentially putting them in a tie for third in terms of Big East expectations. West Virginia is at 30-to-1, Cincinnati is somehow at 75-to-1 and Pittsburgh is there with USF at 100-to-1. Among other state schools, FSU is 10-1, Florida is 15-1 and Miami is 50-1. Notre Dame, where the Bulls open this fall, is 30-1.

-- Lots of rankings and postseason accolades -- Bulls tackle Jake Sims made's national All-Bowl team after holding Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers in check, and's Brian Bennett crafted a Big East All-Bowl team, with six Bulls -- Sims, Sampson Genus, Terrell McClain, DeDe Lattmore, Quenton Washington and Terrence Mitchell -- on the list. And where does USF rank in's final football power rankings from 1 to 120? The Bulls are at No. 39, which seems about right.

-- USF's Jawanza Poland's high-flying baseline dunk in a loss at Cincinnati made the night's ESPN Top Plays at No. 7 -- you can see video of the dunk on USF's official site. Speaking of Bulls basketball,'s Eamonn Brennan has the Bulls 15th in his Big East power rankings, ahead of DePaul.

-- Armwood's Josh Grady, one of USF's top remaining recruiting targets, was a guest at, joining the Times' John C. Cotey and Joey Knight for a great chat on Thursday night.

-- Remember Rod Smith and Greg Frey? The former Bulls assistants, who were on Rich Rodriguez's Michigan staff, have landed at Indiana, where Smith is co-offensive coordinator and QBs coach and Frey will coach the offensive line. Remember, the Hoosiers play USF in 2015-16.  Another former USF assistant on Rodriguez's staff, offensive coordinator Calvin Magee, is part of Todd Graham's new staff at Pittsburgh.

[Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 10:07am]


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