TAMPA — Enough.Enough of criticizing USF for crummy facilities. Enough of criticizing USF for lack of attendance. Enough of criticizing USF for all it isn't.Time to start embracing the Bulls for all that they are.And what exactly is that?One of the best college football teams in the country.Could they beat Alabama or Penn State? Heck, I don't know. Probably not. USF's schedule hasn't exactly been a murderer's row of college football's best.Wait! Shame on me. I'm doing it again, poking holes in USF's accomplishments.We all do it. It has become a bad habit. USF has become an easy punching bag.See, this is how sports works. We compare this thing to that thing.When it comes to USF, we compare it to Florida and Florida State. We see the Gators and Seminoles as the varsity and USF as the junior varsity.Florida and FSU have decades of tradition, national championships, Heisman Trophy winners, name recognition and stadium experiences that are as special as anywhere.USF doesn't have any of those things.Say "USF'' to someone from middle America and they think it's the University of Southern Florida and it must be down by Miami.But ask yourself this: Which program would you rather be a fan of at the moment?Florida is about to get creamed by Georgia, it needs a different quarterback and most of the fans wish they had a different coach.Florida State could end up with its first losing season since 1976.Then there's USF.I've done my share of USF bashing over the years. USF fans — and let me tell you, the diehards are as passionate as those of any school — respond with nasty emails. And then I shoot back with attendance numbers, and on and on and on it goes.All the while, USF keeps winning.The Bulls have won 22 of their past 25 games and 25 of their past 29. This year they're 7-0 and ranked 17th going into today's game against Houston.Their offense, one of the best in the nation, is a blast to watch. Quarterback Quinton Flowers is as exciting as anyone suiting up these days and might be the best player USF has ever had.Let's celebrate all that. Let's enjoy that instead of wondering how many people are going to show up for the game and whether coach Charlie Strong will be here in a year.This is a program that is starting to get a reputation for being a nice little program.Now, USF fans will see a problem with that last sentence, especially the "nice little'' part.But all of us —including the USF fans — need to realize what USF is.It's a, well, nice little program, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. That's a compliment.It could be a program that loses coaches to bigger schools every couple of years. There's nothing wrong with that as long as it keeps hiring good coaches.It could be a program that forever plays in an NFL stadium. There's nothing wrong with that as long as it keeps recruiting talent.It could be a program that never contends for a national title. There's nothing wrong with that as long as it gives you more good days than bad.There's nothing wrong with running a clean program with good kids who go out and win nine or 10 games a year and play in a decent bowl game. Every so often, you get a year like this one, where something special happens, even if that something special means playing in the Peach Bowl instead of a playoff game.Okay, so maybe you can never be Alabama or Clemson. Maybe you'll never be in a big-boy conference. Maybe you will never be a school that can win a national title.So what?Think of all the things you can be.It's better to be USF in football than a big school such as, say, Kansas or Illinois or Rutgers.Hey, look at it this way: Bulls fans have the best "Hook 'em Horns'' sign in the country. After all, wouldn't you rather root for USF these days than Texas?So let's take a break from beating up the Bulls in time to watch them beat up everyone on their schedule.Contact Tom Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @tomwjones.