Links: Bad news for ex-Bulls Mitchell, Dile
Lots of links to share with just two days now before Thursday night's USF-Cincinnati showdown, but first, the Bulls' contingent playing in the NFL continues to dwindle.
With those two out of the picture, USF now has just four players on active NFL rosters, starting with cornerbacks Mike Jenkins (Cowboys) and Anthony Henry (Lions) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (Falcons). Running back Chad Simpson was re-signed by the Colts last week after being cut -- he played at USF before finishing his college career at Morgan State. Receiver Taurus Johnson is on the Lions' practice squad.
-- The Orlando Sentinel ran an "AccuScore Game Forecast" on the USF-Cincinnati game, simulating the game more than 10,000 times, and Cincinnati wins 53 percent of the time, by an average score of 26.3 to 25.2.
-- If you're excited about Thursday's game being No. 8 and No. 21? Then you'll be very excited about it being No. 1 Cincinnati and No. 3 USF -- that's their rankings in the oddly regional Eastern Conference Athletic Conference Lambert Meadowlands Bowl Football Poll, which ranks only teams from the Northeast or teams who play half their games against teams in the Northeast. Yes, Temple is ranked (first joke) ahead of Syracuse (second joke).
-- The Lakeland Ledger caught up with former USF quarterback Matt Grothe about his hopes for getting healthy in time for the Bulls' pro day for NFL scouts next spring.
-- We mentioned Sunday that the early lines had USF as a favorite against Cincinnati, but that line has now shifted across the boards to show the Bearcats as 3-point favorites.
-- USF's official site has a cool video showing what a busy day the Bulls had Monday, reaching out to numerous morning radio and TV shows with breakfast to generate more buzz about Thursday night's game.