Another huge weeknight game for the Bulls (5-0, 1-0 Big East), who have won five straight against Top 25 teams. They have not, however, beaten Cincinnati (5-0, 1-0) in the past three seasons. The Bearcats can become the first team to beat the Bulls four times in a row (Rutgers has a shot next month). USF committed eight turnovers and allowed a school-record 31 points in the first quarter but still nearly beat the Bearcats the last time they came to Tampa, losing 38-33 in 2007.
Tickets: Available, but USF said as of Wednesday afternoon about 58,000 had been distributed. RJS capacity is 65,857.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
What to watch for …
The Bulls need to forget what day of the week this is. They've lost three straight Thursday games on ESPN: to Pittsburgh and at Cincinnati last season, and to Rutgers after a 6-0 start in 2007. … Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard, left, has seven touchdown catches in five games and made headlines this week by telling the Cincinnati Enquirer that the Bearcats coaches were "licking their chops" at the chance to play against USF defensive coordinator Joe Tresey. Tresey ran Cincinnati's defense for two seasons until being fired in February.
WATCH OUT FOR...
No. 21 USF vs. No. 8 Cincinnati, 7:30 tonight, ESPN, 970-AM