Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Southern Miss can strike a blow for C-USA in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

ST. PETERSBURG — Southern Miss has an opportunity tonight to do something a Conference USA team hasn't done in nearly a decade: win a bowl game against a team from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference.

The big six conferences are 11-0 against C-USA teams dating to Dec. 27, 2000, when East Carolina beat Texas Tech 40-27 in the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl in Houston.

There's a precedent for Southern Miss against a Big East team. The only other C-USA win against a major conference opponent came in 1997, when the Golden Eagles throttled Pittsburgh 41-7 in the Liberty Bowl.

The Big East has nearly the opposite streak on the line. The conference hasn't lost a bowl game to a non-BCS opponent since it took its eight-team lineup in 2005, going 8-0 in that span. The last time a non-BCS team beat a Big East team in a bowl was after the 2004 season, when Utah beat Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl.

Streaking: While Louisville hasn't been to a bowl since 2006, Southern Miss has a run of nine straight seasons with a bowl appearance, one of 14 such schools in I-A football.

The Golden Eagles are the only team out of the 14 not in one of the six major conferences — Florida and Florida State are in that group.

Southern Miss can strike a blow for C-USA in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl 12/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 10:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Road to Atlanta: Tell us how you really feel, Jimbo

    College

    Topped out

    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 21:  Rashaan Evans #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tackles Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) 775042495
  2. Journal: USF gets support on the road

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — Perhaps it was the chance to witness the first USF-Tulane game ever, or an opportunity to frolic in the French Quarter for a weekend. Or both.

    USF running back D'Ernest Johnson (2) stiff-arms Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) on a run during the second half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH111
  3. Joey Knight's takeaways from USF-Tulane

    College

    1. Saturday's triumph will do little to fortify USF's strength of schedule, but its strength-of-character quotient might have increased. On the road facing an eclectic offense, the Bulls built a huge lead, then made critical plays in the waning moments after some defensive lapses. In short, they survived. Isn't …

    South Florida defensive end Greg Reaves (41) reacts after a defensive stop against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH107
  4. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  5. Lightning journal: Tighter defense fuels hot start

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — See what happens when you keep the crease clean, limit the traffic in front of G Andrei Vasilevskiy and limit Grade A scoring chances?

    Yanni Gourde, right, gets a late first-period goal that follows a big save by Andrei Vasilevskiy.