TAMPA — Western Kentucky, which faces USF at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday night, is giving up 50 points per game in an 0-3 start against Nebraska, Kentucky and Indiana. But the Hilltoppers have at least one player the Bulls will be well aware of: RB Bobby Rainey, who has topped 100 yards in every game.
"He's a stocky, powerful running back. I think their offensive line does a great job of coming off the ball," coach Skip Holtz said Sunday night. "He's a threat. They have a great power running game, and they try to control the ball on you."
Rainey, ranked fifth in the nation in rushing, has totaled 444 yards and five touchdowns. Rainey rushed eight times for 56 yards against the Bulls last season, adding another 110 yards on kickoff returns. And while the Bulls pulled away to a 35-13 road win, the lead was just 14-6 halfway through the third quarter.
Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder said he expects Rainey to get his usual workload, but the Bulls' focus is on making sure nobody else beats them.
"He's going to get his 100, because they give him enough touches to get 100. And he usually has one break a game, so that gets him to 150," Snyder said. "He usually has one 40-, 50-, 60-yard run, and then he's a steady Freddy. They're going to keep feeding him until he gets his 100. We have to make sure we don't let other people beat us and that he doesn't get the long one on us. If he's 25 for 100, I'm good. If he gets 100 on eight or 10, that's not good. But 100 on 25 carries, they've done it against everybody."
INJURY UPDATE: Most of USF's players held out with injury during the off week were at practice — OT Jake Sims, DE Craig Marshall and DT Terrell McClain. WR Dontavia Bogan is the main question. Bogan, who injured his right ankle in a Sept. 11 loss to Florida, wore a boot as he watched Sunday's practice. Holtz didn't rule him out for Saturday, saying he'd know more Tuesday or Wednesday.
FSU: ACC play starts
TALLAHASSEE — FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says of Saturday's ACC opener against visiting Wake Forest: "(The) season begins." The Seminoles haven't beaten the Demon Deacons in Tallahassee since 2005.
The time for Saturday's game was set for 3:30 (Ch. 28).
The status of starting LT Andrew Datko, who missed Saturday's win over BYU with a recurring shoulder injury, is unclear.
UF: Strong run D
GAINESVILLE — The Gators lead the country in interceptions with 10, but their run defense might be overlooked. UF ranks 25th in the country against the run (92.33 yards per game).
"Other than two busted coverages, I think our defense played very well," said coach Urban Meyer, referring to Tennessee TD passes of 49 and 35 yards.
UM: Racial insult
CORAL GABLES — Miami QB Jacory Harris said he received at least one racially motivated hate message after a loss to Ohio State on Sept. 11.
Harris said Sunday that a comment on Twitter said the Hurricanes should not have "a black quarterback," making the revelation five days after the school told players not to use the site.
"Not really worried about it," Harris said. "It's part of the sport. Got to get used to it."
UCF: Harvey improves
ORLANDO — UCF sophomore RB Brynn Harvey, a former Largo standout, will likely do full-contact workouts for the first time since injuring his knee in the spring. Coach George O'Leary said Harvey might be back against UAB on Oct. 6.
Godfrey to start: O'Leary said freshman QB Jeff Godfrey has earned the starting job, and junior Rob Calabrese will spell him for a series or two if needed.