The Bulls, debuting with their first preseason national ranking, have been unimpressive in their past two openers against I-AA teams. Last season, they led Elon just 7-3 at halftime on the way to a 28-13 win. Two seasons ago, the Bulls led McNeese State 14-10 in the fourth quarter before winning 41-10. This one might be easier as Tennessee-Martin allowed more than 30 points a game last season. The Skyhawks' offensive line averages just 255 pounds, so All-America DE George Selvie, right, who had four sacks against Elon, could have a big game. More than 43,000 tickets have been distributed. Last season's opener drew an announced 33,639, and tonight should be the largest crowd for a home opener since the program's first game drew 49,212 in 1997.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
No. 19 USF vs. Tennessee-Martin, 7 p.m.
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USF's secondary. Jerome Murphy and Tyller Roberts step in at cornerback for Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams, now in the NFL. And if USF gets a comfortable lead, you could see not only backup QB Grant Gregory but touted freshman QB B.J. Daniels.