Wait no more: USF football season is here
OK, technically there's another 11 hours, but tailgating starts at 2 p.m., so for many of you, that's the official start of football season as USF meets Wofford tonight at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.
Still a bunch of links to share to help pass that time -- the NFL's roster deadline is this afternoon, so we could have news on former Bulls there -- and this is a day where you guys can leave comments with your prediction on the score as well. And every day is a good day to follow this blog on Twitter.com.
-- As part of its season preview this week, the Times published a preseason top 25 from FSU beat writer Brian Landman, who had USF at No. 25. "One of these days, the Bulls won't swoon in midseason," he wrote. "That day could be now. They have two of the most experienced, most dazzling playmakers in the Big East in quarterback Matt Grothe and defensive end George Selvie."
-- What will tonight's announced attendance be? My guess is in the mid to high 30s -- last year's opener against Tennesee-Martin drew an announced 48,058; two years ago against Elon, USF announced 33,639 and in 2006, the Bulls announced a crowd of 26,351 for its opener against McNeese State.
-- Don't forget your galoshes tonight -- Weather.com shows a 40 percent chance of rain from 7 to 10 p.m.
-- Here's the game preview from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, which talks about Wofford's two "guarantee games" at USF and Wisconsin in the next few weeks. "It’s cool for other people to see us and learn how to pronounce the name of the school," Wofford linebacker Gary Blount said.
-- Be sure to check out HomeTeam, the Times' new high school sports page, which has news that USF has made a scholarship offer to Plant City junior tight end Jordan Prestwood.
-- The Naples News writes about how senior running back Mo Plancher's perseverence has paid off.
-- The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette's Mitch Vingle points out how few ranked teams are on Big East schedules this fall.
-- The Star-Ledger's Brendan Prunty writes about the attitude the Big East has about not having a ranked team to open the season.
-- The Lakeland Ledger's Tom Zebold looks at Matt Grothe's journey from "mystery to history" -- he needs just 288 yards of total offense today to become the Big East's career leader.
-- Newsday picked up an Associated Press story on George Selvie's hopes for the season.
-- USF women's soccer played to a scoreless draw with Florida International, while volleyball got a sweep of WInthrop to improve to 4-0. The Florida Girls Soccer blog is critical of the Bulls, with the writer "very disappointed with their offensive effort." Nick Murray's Tampa Bay Soccer Blog also has a story, and Jim Willis' Against the Run of Play blog points out goals were hard to come by, with two scoreless ties and a two-hour rain delay Friday night.