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USF-Auburn game-day link madness



So many folks have picked USF to upset Auburn tonight that the Tigers might even be motivated by their perceived vulnerability. Two of the three writers on the New York Times' college football blog like the Bulls, and that's just the start of a long list.

--'s Stewart Mandel, who's liked USF as long as anybody in the national media, is sticking to his instincts and picking the Bulls to win 21-14. His colleague, Cory McCartney, also likes USF, 21-17.

-- My friend and neighbor Rick Brown, writing in the Lakeland Ledger, quotes Amarri Jackson as giving himself an "F" for his opening-week performance against Elon. He says USF's fate tonight should hinge on whether the Bulls can find the focus they lacked last week.

--The Montgomery Advertiser -- hey, I like an honest newspaper name as much as anybody -- picks USF to win 17-13 in "a mild upset."

-- My favorite line in the Birmingham News' "Tiger Buzz" is "The Bulls are probably athletic," and not to be a stickler, but it's derring-do, not daring-do. They like USF, too, 20-18.

-- The Washington Post notes that USF, given "a chance to make a national splash" and move into the top 25, is in a "no-lose situation" against Auburn.

-- A reminder that even birds need sunscreen. Tonight's game will debut a new War Eagle -- VII, by the way -- as the eagle's predecessor was diagnosed with skin cancer. So if the bird smells a little like coconut tonight, you'll know why.

-- Here's how many people are picking USF: the Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi, a vocal critic of the Bulls in the past, has USF winning by five in his Saturday column.

-- Eh? The Decatur Daily honestly writes that the "key matchup" tonight is ex-Auburn player Courtney Denson, now a USF receiver, against his friend and former roommate, Patrick Lee. Nothing against Denson, but I can think of 20 more key matchups before I get to whether Auburn can contain him.

OK. Last post before I get in the car and drive over to Alabama with columnist John Romano, who will write from tonight's game. ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:37am]


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