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USF at Cincinnati football scouting report

Tonight: No. 24 USF at Cincinnati, 7:30, ESPN, 970-AM

USF (6-2, 1-2 Big East) hasn't enjoyed Thursday nights of late, with losses last year at Rutgers and four weeks ago at home against Pittsburgh. The Bulls committed eight turnovers in last year's 38-33 loss to Cincinnati and trailed 31-14 after one quarter but still had a chance to win, missing on two passes to the end zone from the UC 18 in the final eight seconds. The Bulls have been more careful about turnovers this season — after committing 33 last year, they're on pace for 18, with 11 in eight games. Overcoming a negative turnover margin isn't easy — of the 30 teams with at least six wins in Division I-A, only four have a turnover margin worse than USF's. The Bearcats (5-2, 1-1) lost 40-16 to UConn last week, but the Huskies scored 14 in the final two minutes to put it away. Expect temperatures in the mid 40s by kickoff. UC leads the series 3-2. USF has lost both games at Nippert Stadium.

Watch out for … : USF needs to establish a running game after a record-low 8 yards at Louisville on Saturday, but the Bulls may have to do so without leading RB Mike Ford (ankle), another runner in Jamar Taylor (ankle), TE Trent Pupello (concussion) and RT Marc Dile (toe), who was in a boot as recently as Monday.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

USF at Cincinnati football scouting report 10/29/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:16am]
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