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Pitt-fall ahead? First, some links ...

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Remember Pitfall on Atari? I never, ever got the hang of jumping over the crocodiles. (Alligators? Do I have many readers alive in 1982?) Anyway, to hyperextend the Activision metaphor, tonight's game with Pittsburgh on ESPN is very much the rolling log coming directly at USF -- an obstacle that can be easily cleared, but can also knock the Bulls off if they're not careful. If it makes the Pitt folks feel better, they could be the huge underground scorpion in this scenario. OK, onto the links.

-- I think just about everybody covering the Bulls decided to write the same big-picture advance for today's papers, and I think just about everybody heard Matt Grothe's opening quote about the first five games being "preseason" and said "I'm going to lead with that quote." Here's my preview story, and you'll find the same theme in the Orlando Sentinel, the Lakeland Ledger, even ESPN.com.

-- The Ledger's Tom Zebold writes about how last year's ups and downs have helped the Bulls prepare for this year's spotlight. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Alan Dell leads with USF's first-year starting cornerbacks and how they'll be called upon to help stop Pitt's running game. The Bradenton Herald's Ryan Boyd talks about how USF's primary goal is its first Big East championship.

-- From the Pittsburgh side? The Post-Gazette points out how stout Pitt's defense has been in the fourth quarter, but how the Panthers need that much earlier against the Bulls. The Tribune-Review's Joe Starkey says a win tonight would make fans forget about the Bowling Green loss and validate the high preseason expectations on Dave Wannstedt's team. Here's their game capsule as well. Oh, and here's the Pensacola News Journal writing about defensive tackle Anthony Hill, headed to USF in January.

-- Expect fans of other top-10 programs to be rooting against the Bulls, hoping to get another challenger to top-tier teams out of the way. One writer in Oklahoma points out that the Sooners could get "breathing room" at the top for the second Thursday in a row ...

-- Columnist Bob Molinaro of the Virginian-Pilot looks at the most tenured coaches in college football, and by his math, Jim Leavitt has been coaching at his school the fifth-longest of any coach in I-A football, trailing only Penn State's Joe Paterno, FSU's Bobby Bowden, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Tennessee's Phil Fulmer. Oregon's Mike Bellotti is also in his 13th season ...

-- ESPN.com blogger Brian Bennett is picking USF to win 35-21, which seems about right. He's also picking Connecticut to edge North Carolina, something that would help USF's perceived strength of schedule. Much of that game comes down to how new QB Zach Frazier handles his new role ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:58pm]

    

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