Links: Just how tough is USF's 2010 schedule?
On one hand, you have USF football making trips to play at Florida and at Miami, a haymaker of a one-two punch that has the Bulls ranked among the toughest non-conference schedules in college football this fall.
On the other hand, you have perhaps the easiest three non-conference games around -- home games against I-AA novice Stony Brook and I-A lightweights Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic, who are usually ranked among the bottom 20 schools in the I-A ranks.
So where does USF's schedule rank in 2010? ESPN's "College Football Live" ranked it among the top six in the country on Tuesday's show, citing the tough challenge of going to Gainesville and Miami in the same year. Lostlettermen.com ranked USF as the No. 9 toughest schedule, getting "shivers" from the prospect of back-to-back road games at West Virginia and Cincinnati.
Other sites haven't been nearly as impressed. Phil Steele gave USF a No. 49 ranking in his toughest schedules. That's one spot behind Wake Forest, whose nonconference games are at Stanford and Vanderbilt with a home game against Navy. Another blogger, MoonDog Sports, has USF with the No. 21 toughest schedule, with four opponents ranked in the top 25.
A few more links ...
-- Rivals.com, running through redshirt freshmen expected to make a big impact this fall, has USF's Ryne Giddins and Julius Forte among the six players picked in the Big East.
-- Former USF receiver Huey Whittaker continues to play well in Arena Football for the Spokane Shock -- he's second on the team with 25 touchdown receptions.
-- The Sporting News' Dave Curtis and Matt Hayes each offer up their top 10 impact assistant coaches across the country, and USF defensive coordinator Mark Snyder is one of just four coaches to make it on both lists.