Holtz: Bulls must continue improved play at Temple
TAMPA -- Despite three straight losses, USF is a five-point favorite on the road Saturday for Temple's return to the Big East, and Bulls coach Skip Holtz said his team can't have any dropoff from what he felt was a higher level of play in Saturday's 30-17 loss to No. 4 Florida State.
"I thought we were crisper, we were sharper. If we can learn to take that same mind set week in and week out, then I think we have a chance to ... reach our potential," Holtz said. "We can't go out and play to the level of competition. We can't go out there and play to the size of the crowd. We can't go out there and play to the opponent. We have to play for each other at that level. This football team has talent and they're competing their tails off. I was really impressed with the overall atmosphere and energy of this football team."
Temple is coming off a bye week and is playing its first conference game since the Owls left the Big East in 2004, so the Bulls will have their hands full. The Owls drew announced crowd of 23,322 for their last home game against Maryland, and had 32,709 for their home opener against cross-town rival Villanova.
ARREST UPDATE: Receiver Chris Dunkley, suspended indefinitely by Holtz after his arrest Saturday night on a misdemeanor count of domestic violence battery, was released on his own recognizance from county jail after spending 39 hours there.