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USF's B.J. Daniels isn't the only quarterback who has fixed an interception problem. Miami's Jacory Harris, left, threw 32 interceptions in the previous two seasons, and like Daniels, he has just five this season to go with 19 touchdown passes. USF's secondary will have to contain Hurricanes WR Tommy Streeter, who has eight touchdown receptions and is averaging 20.4 yards per catch. That starts with pressure from a defensive unit that ranks third in Division I-A in sacks.
USF vs. Miami, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU, 970-AM, 1470-AM
The winner gets not only bragging rights but bowl eligibility, something to salvage as both teams had higher expectations for this season. The Bulls (5-4) won in overtime in Miami last year, so a victory would validate their rise in the state's hierarchy and serve as a boon in recruiting efforts as well. USF's running game has gone for 220-plus yards the past two games and gets a boost from the healthy return of leading rusher Darrell Scott, who missed last week with concussionlike symptoms. USF finishes the year with three straight home games, hoping to build off the momentum of last week's win at Syracuse. With the Hurricanes (5-5) as a draw, the Bulls should have an announced crowd of more than 50,000, their biggest at home since the 2009 season.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer