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First, an update from back in Tampa: USF's men's soccer team is up 1-0 on Colgate at halftime in their first-round NCAA Tournament match. That's from trusty correspondent Brendan Galella, covering the game for the Times.

It's good and cold here, with a chance of flurries tonight, which is exciting for me, but probably not a good thing for the Bulls, whether physically or psychologically. USF's never won in temperatures this cold -- probably high 30s at kickoff -- and when you add in the ugly, torn-up turf at Heinz Field, it makes Saturday's game against Pittsburgh all the more unpredictable.

How does Arkansas' upset of No. 1 LSU complicate things for the Bulls? You can bank on an 8-4 Razorbacks team being the first unranked team to jump into the top 25 of all three major polls Sunday, ahead of even a 9-3 Bulls team. USF needs teams at the bottom of the top 25 to lose, so the Bulls came move up, make their ranking a selling point, enough to overcome head-to-head losses to Cincinnati and Connecticut as the Sun Bowl makes a decision Monday as to who they'll take on the Big East side of things.

That means pulling for Hawaii to knock down Boise State tonight -- there are plenty of potential losses directly around the Bulls in the BCS. No. 17 Illinois and No. 21 Wisconsin are done for the season, so USF isn't going to catch either of those. But No. 18 Tennessee is at Kentucky, in the stadium where the Wildcats beat LSU and Louisville; No. 20 Connecticut should lose to West Virginia, No. 25 BYU could fall to 8-3 Utah and No. 22 Clemson has to go to South Carolina, though the Gamecocks have dropped four straight. Lots of scoreboard watching for Bulls fans after the game Saturday. ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:51am]


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