Though it mostly stifled South Carolina State by forcing eight turnovers, we still don’t know how stout (or spotty) USF’s defense is. Since a 49-0 opening-night loss to Wisconsin, the unit has surrendered 30 total points, albeit to a Division I-AA foe and a Power Five team (Georgia Tech) that lost to The Citadel on Saturday. SCSU totaled 378 yards Saturday and finished 11-for-23 on third down.
Desperately needed victory aside, anyone who doesn’t believe the Bulls have serious offensive line issues is simply in denial. Fortunately for USF, Jordan McCloud’s mobility (12 carries, 56 yards, two TDs) was able to partially compensate for what has become the team’s most glaring liability.
Before McCloud trotted out for the game’s opening snap, senior Blake Barnett was announced as the starter on the Raymond James Stadium video board, and was listed as the starter on the pregame depth chart distributed in the press box. So why the willful subterfuge on the starting QB? We can see the coaches wanting to keep things shrouded for, say, South Carolina. But South Carolina State?