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USF, Syracuse set up home-and-home football series

TAMPA — USF and Syracuse will reignite their former Big East rivalry with a home-and-home series in 2015 and 2016, the schools announced Tuesday.

The Bulls will host the Orange on Oct. 10, 2015, then play at Syracuse on Sept. 17, 2016.

USF and Syracuse were conference foes from 2005-12 before the Orange bolted the Big East for the ACC in 2013. USF leads the all-time series 6-2.

"We are committed to playing a very competitive non-conference schedule against some of the top programs in the country," USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. "And it is exciting to be able to bring these programs to Tampa and continue our tradition of facing top-level opponents in front of our Bulls fans."

Still a committee?: Coach Willie Taggart praised freshman RB Marlon Mack's four-touchdown performance in Saturday's 36-31 win over Western Carolina, but would not commit to him as the starter against Maryland.

Taggart said sophomore Darius Tice and freshman D'Ernest Johnson are still viable options.

"I don't think Marlon is the only one that can do some of those things," Taggart said. "He's a special kid and a really good running back, but we have some other guys that are talented as well. It's a long football season."

Medical matters: Taggart said WR Andre Davis (bruised sternum) remains day to day and OL Thor Jozwiak (shoulder) was scheduled for an MRI exam.

UF: Mystery for foe

GAINESVILLE — When Florida returned to practice Monday there appeared to be no residual effects from Saturday night's canceled opener. Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said they "had a good practice" and he expects the focus the team showed Saturday to carry over.

Roper said the Gators will have a slight advantage in scouting this week because Florida has game tape of Eastern Michigan, while the Eagles have none of the Gators from this season.

"That's a big help," Roper said. "To be able to see who's playing where and who their stars are, who their backups are, where it all starts. … Everybody's got everybody's tape. But it helps to see who's playing in those positions and how you're structuring it."

Maye battling: S Marcus Maye is day to day with a hamstring injury, but teammates said he trying hard to return for Saturday's game. "He's a fighter," senior S Jabari Gorman said. "He's been fighting this injury and that's all I can say. He's been fighting and he's been doing all he can to get back on the field."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

UM: No time to dwell

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shortly after Miami's 31-13 loss to Louisville in Monday's opener, missed opportunities and miscues from veteran players — and even his own staff — left Hurricanes coach Al Golden concerned.

"There's no excuses. They played better than we did. We didn't execute and the thing that is disturbing as the head coach are just errors that we haven't seen," Golden said.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Up next

USF: vs. Maryland, 3:30 Saturday. TV: CBS Sports Network

Florida: vs. Eastern Michigan, 4 Saturday. TV: SEC Network

Miami: vs. Florida A&M, 7 Saturday, no TV

FSU: vs. Citadel, 7:30 Saturday. TV: Sun Sports

UCF: at Missouri, noon Sept. 13. TV: SEC Network

USF, Syracuse set up home-and-home football series 09/02/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:15pm]

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