Get your Sun Bowl game-day links here ...
After a month of waiting, the Sun Bowl is here. I've got all kinds of links to coverage in today's Times, starting with a feature on offensive lineman Ryan Schmidt and why teammates call him "nasty" for a mean streak on the football field. Our daily notes look at how a win today could spill over to 2008, and you can check out our three key matchups and our scouting report on today's game. We also had a feature Saturday on receivers coach Mike Canales, who's enjoying his second stint with the Bulls.
Oh, and the Miami Herald put out its All-Florida team, always a great idea, even if the PDF links are a bit clunky. Three Bulls -- defensive end George Selvie, linebacker Ben Moffitt and cornerback Trae Williams -- made the first team. Odd not to see Mike Jenkins there (he's on the second team) though the team has an odd four-linebacker, three-defensive-back alignment, with Williams as the only corner. Safety Nate Allen and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie also made the second team, as did Schmidt and Matt Grothe on offense. Grothe's the second-team "athlete," taking a back seat to FAU's Rusty Smith, the No. 2 quarterback.
What do other people think? One Oregon paper is calling for a 35-13 USF victory. Its columnist sees a 27-17 USF win. Foxsports.com likes the Bulls by a 30-17 margin. The State in South Carolina has USF winning 35-21. Thoughts? Predictions? Offer them up here, and check back during the game for a live blog you can follow while you're watching the game on CBS. Jim Leavitt is letting his guard down a bit from his usual privacy, allowing CBS cameras into his locker room before the game to show his final pregame words for his players.