USF vs. Florida Atlantic, 7, BHSN, 970-AM
For the second week in a row, the Bulls (2-1) are a heavy favorite at home against a Sun Belt team — this time by 211/2 points against Florida Atlantic (1-2). Having said that, USF was fielding an onside kick late in last week's 24-12 win against Western Kentucky. And the Owls gave the Bulls a scare in Fort Lauderdale three years ago, getting within five points in the fourth quarter before losing 35-23. It's the last tuneup for the Bulls, who will try to build some momentum going into next week's Big East opener at home against Syracuse.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
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Florida Atlantic has the worst run defense among 120 I-A teams, allowing 275 yards per game. And USF comes off a game in which it ran the ball 44 times while passing just 11. That could mean a big day for sophomore Demetris Murray, left, who went for 115 yards against Western Kentucky. But with senior WR Dontavia Bogan back from an ankle injury and FAU missing star CB Tavious Polo (and three other defensive players) to suspension, it's also a chance for QB B.J. Daniels to get his confidence and rhythm back.