USF vs. McNeese State, 7, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM
USF, which has never lost a home opener, is 23-0 as a I-A program against I-AA opponents. The average margin of victory since joining the Big East/American Athletic Conference in 2005? 37.8 points, the closest being 28-13 against Elon in 2007. But last season, McNeese State beat I-A Middle Tennessee, which beat new USF coach Willie Taggart's Western Kentucky team.
Watch out for … The Bulls should put pressure on an offensive line returning just one starter and includes two starters who played defensive line in 2012. That pressure should lead to turnovers. The Bulls forced just nine over 12 games last season. … Several freshmen could see action for USF, including CB Lamar Robbins, RB Darius Tice and LB Nigel Harris.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer