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Joey Knight’s takeaways from USF-Cincinnati

USF head coach Charlie Strong works the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Published Nov. 11, 2018

We probably should have seen the Blake Barnett injury coming. Never bashful about tucking the ball on a zone read or designed run, Barnett had 90 carries through his first nine games (26 more than second-leading rusher Johnny Ford). On some of those runs, the dude had been nailed or taken down hard.

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With three losses (and possibly two more coming), we can't envision USF leaving Florida for the bowl season. At this rate, the Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 20 at Raymond James Stadium) seems the most plausible destination.

One can debate all day about whether the mounting criticism of Charlie Strong and his staff (who have a young, injury-maligned team) is warranted. But the fact is, Strong is 3-5 at USF in games played after Oct. 25.