Before I head back up the road ...
About to make the drive back across Alligator Alley and up I-75, but first, wanted to link to the stories in Sunday's Times from Saturday's 35-23 against Florida Atlantic.
Watching ESPN's wrapup coverage of another wild day in college football, I don't think USF cracks the top five in today's polls. There's enough good one-loss teams that I think voters will slide a one-loss Oklahoma between USF and top unbeatens LSU, Cal, Ohio State and Boston College. While you're waiting for the polls or getting ready to camp out for USF-UCF student tickets (lines officially start at 2 p.m., though I imagine some fans are already there), here are some links:
-- first, to our main game story, looking at how the Bulls and Ben Williams avoided the upset by rushing for 257 yards in the second half;
-- columnist Gary Shelton, already on an early flight to Indy for today's Bucs game, writes about how Saturday showed USF what life in the top 10 is like every week;
-- correspondent Brendan Galella, relegated to an outdoor auxiliary press box, comes through with a sidebar on how Matt Grothe ran for 120 yards because USF couldn't consistently pass the ball;
-- this week's notes explain why freshman Mike Ford didn't play, and how George Selvie set USF's season sacks record with his only tackle for loss of the day;
-- and photographer Ted McLaren has a photo gallery from Saturday's game, including a great shot of Ben Williams giving his mom a hug after a huge performance.
We'll be back (in about 260 miles) with updates on the new polls and how quickly those student tickets were gobbled up. Sunscreen, guys, sunscreen ...