TAMPA — USF begins its 20th season of college football on Saturday night.That reminds me of the first night: Sept. 6, 1997. The new team in town played its inaugural game, an 80-3 trouncing of Kentucky Wesleyan, before 49,212 fans at Tampa Stadium.Ten minutes before kickoff, USF athletic director Paul Griffin spotted Lee Roy Selmon, the associate athletic director who led the charge to create a football program. Their eyes met.Then Selmon asked if Griffin's son was around and if he could run an errand."We don't have a kicking tee," Selmon said.Ten minutes before history, a motorcycle policeman volunteered to roar up Dale Mabry to a sports store to purchase a kicking tee.And away USF football went.Here were are at Season 20, one brimming with expectations and speculation.Always a dangerous deal for USF.Can the Bulls and coach Willie Taggart, armed with a high-powered offense, follow up on an 8-5 season and make a run at an AAC championship? USF has never won a conference title.And can any of this feed into a chance for USF to join the Big 12? Probably not. The hay might be in the barn on that one. But, hey, isn't the College Football Championship title game in USF's home ballpark?The road to 15-0 begins here!Also the launch of mandatory drug testing for sports columnists.Let's ease up.It was just one winning season for Taggart and his team.It's time to do it again.Big 12?"I checked," Taggart said. "We're not playing Oklahoma. We're not playing Texas. We start worrying about that and East Carolina, UConn and all the rest will come in and knock our heads off, simple as that."True, Taggart and his players have embraced preseason predictions that put USF in the AAC title game against Houston. The Bulls have worked hard to earn that. It's progress."We're capable of great things," junior linebacker and leading tackler Auggie Sanchez said. "We still have to go out and do it."But it's impossible not to factor expectations into USF's season, especially if the Bulls make it past Towson and Northern Illinois and a bear-trap trip to Syracuse to find themselves 3-0 on Sept. 24 when No. 4 Florida State comes to Raymond James Stadium.Mark it down: biggest game in USF history.Fast forward to the AAC title game against Houston! Final score: 62-60.Wait. You need two test samples?But there's the USF triple threat of junior quarterback Quinton Flowers, junior running back Marlon Mack and senior receiver Rodney Adams.Last season, Flowers passed for a school-record 22 touchdowns and ran for 991 yards, Mack ran for a school-record 1,381 yards, and Adams had 822 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.USF averaged 542 yards and 47 points over the final four games to close out the regular season."When we're playing on all cylinders, I believe no one in the country can beat us," Adams said. "It's as simple as that. When we're clicking, nobody can stop us."And when they're not clicking on both sides of the ball, they can lose to Western Kentucky in the Miami Beach Bowl, which is exactly what USF did to end 2015. The defense fell apart.Everything will have to come back together. Taggart saved his job with a rally last season. This is about this season. The Bulls beat every AAC East opponent in 2015, pummeling Temple and Cincinnati and closing out UCF's 0-12 season. It's about the next big step.As USF history shows, nothing is guaranteed. And away we go.Got the kicking tee, right?