USF at Miami, noon, ESPNU, 970-AM
Miami (7-4) is starting freshman QB Stephen Morris, right, who hadn't taken a snap until four games ago. Morris has five touchdown passes and seven interceptions since stepping in for Jacory Harris (concussion), who also is available today. The Hurricanes have an elite receiver in Leonard Hankerson, who is nearing 1,000 yards for the season and has more touchdown receptions (12) than the Bulls (6-4) do as a team (10). USF's first challenge is containing a running game that has four backs all averaging 4.9 yards per carry or better.
What to watch for …
USF hasn't mustered more than 10 points in its two meetings with Miami, losing by 20 and 21 points. So staying close with the Hurricanes means putting up points, which won't be easy against a team that dominated Pittsburgh in a 31-3 win in September. To score, USF has to solve at least one of its two seasonlong problems on offense: lack of big plays and one of the nation's worst success rates on third down. B.J. Daniels was limited by a bruised quad last week, but the quarterback's mobility will help keep Miami from focusing too much on the Bulls' running game.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer