For first time, Bulls can finish with more wins than "Big 3"
At least one more unprecedented height remains to be scaled in this landmark season for USF football.
For the first time in the program's 20-year history, the Bulls (10-2) have a chance to finish a season with more victories than Florida (8-3), FSU (9-3) and Miami (8-4). USF, winner of 10 games for the first time ever, still has one game to play, at a bowl site yet to be determined.
At this point, Florida would have to shock top-ranked Alabama in the SEC title game, then win its ensuing bowl contest to even match the Bulls' current win total. FSU still has a bowl game remaining, but the Bulls still finish higher in the victory column if they win their bowl game or the 'Noles lose theirs.
USF came tantalizingly close to exceeding the win total of the state's "Big Three" one other time, in 2007. The Bulls finished 9-4 that year, same record as Florida and well ahead of FSU (7-6) and UM (5-7).
The Bulls' 2002 squad -- a Division I independent -- finished 9-2, tallying more victories than the Gators under first-year coach Ron Zook (8-5) and equaling FSU's win total (9-5), but finishing well behind the national runner-up 'Canes (12-1). In 2010, Skip Holtz's first season, the Bulls finished 8-5, matching Florida's record and eclipsing Miami's (7-6), but finishing well behind FSU (10-4).