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College football preview: USF vs. Cincinnati, 7 Saturday, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

USF vs. Cincinnati, 7, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

The inaugural American Athletic Conference game for both teams. Cincinnati (3-1), coming off a bye week, will be playing for the first time since a traffic accident that claimed the lives of two people including OL Ben Flick. Two other Bearcats, freshman receivers Javon Harrison and Mark Barr, were injured. Cincinnati, balanced offensively, is averaging 479.8 yards a game against a meek schedule. In its lone defeat, 45-17 Sept. 7 at Illinois, senior QB Munchie Legaux (above) was lost for the season with a knee injury. USF (0-4) has surrendered six TDs to opposing defenses this season, including at least one in every game.

Watch out for …

Some type of pregame tribute (moment of silence, perhaps) in honor of Flick and the other car accident victims. Additionally, the Bulls will wear pink socks, wristbands and gloves in honor of breast cancer awareness month. On the field, Bulls TB Marcus Shaw, 10th in Division I-A in rushing (131.3 ypg), seeks his fourth 100-yard rushing effort of the season. Sixth-year senior Brendon Kay (46-for-68, 576 yards, four TDs, two INT) is Cincinnati's new starter, but former Plant City High star Bennie Coney is the backup. USF used eight true freshmen last week against Miami and could employ that many again. The left side of the Bearcats' offensive line — LT Eric Lefeld and LG Austen Bujnoch — was first-team All-Big East in 2012.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

College football preview: USF vs. Cincinnati, 7 Saturday, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM 10/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 9:40pm]
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