Saturday, September 1 • 7 p.m. • ESPN3
Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
ESPN3 — Dave Weekley and TBD
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between USF and Chattanooga … Since USF became a Football Bowl Subdivision member in 2001, the Bulls are 15-0 all-time against Football Championship Subdivision opponents … USF also is 15-0 in home openers at Raymond James Stadium.
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86) - LISTEN TO TELECONFERENCE
13-12, third season at USF
85-62, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF finished 5-7 overall and 1-6 in BIG EAST play, but the Bulls were nonetheless picked second in the conference’s preseason media poll thanks to the return of 17 starters … Three of USF’s last four losses came on field goals either as time expired or in overtime … USF was 4-1 in nonconference games last year and is 9-2 in nonleague games under Skip Holtz … The Bulls have registered four road wins against top-25 opponents since the start of the 2006 season … QB B.J. Daniels enters the 2012 season well within reach of the BIG EAST’s career record for total offense … Daniels has gained 7,992 yards in his career, leaving him 2,883 shy of former teammate Matt Grothe’s league record of 10,875 yards … RB Demetris Murray rushed for 503 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns last year as part of an offense that led the BIG EAST in rushing (181.2 ypg) … WR Sterling Griffin had 43 catches for 530 yards in an injury-shortened season … The defense brings back seven starters from last year, including all three starting linebackers … LB DeDe Lattimore (94 tackles), LB Michael Lanaris (87) and LB Sam Barrington (72) were all ranked among the top 17 players in the BIG EAST in tackles last season … CB Kayvon Webster, an All-BIG EAST Second Team choice last year, paces the secondary … K Maikon Bonani (99 points) earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors last season.
Russ Huesman (Chattanooga ’83)
17-16, third season
Chattanooga went 5-6 overall and 3-5 in the Southern Conference last season, finishing in a sixth-place tie in the league … The Mocs have 17 returning starters from last year — eight on offense, eight on defense and one on special teams … Chattanooga has faced five Football Bowl Subdivision opponents in the past four years, including four that were ranked in the top 10 … In addition to facing Nebraska, which was ranked No. 10 in FBS last season, the Mocs faced four teams that were among the top 12 in FCS a year ago … Chattanooga went 1-3 in those games, with the three losses by a combined four points … LB Wes Dothard was named to the preseason watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive player … Dothard was a Sports Network All-America First Team choice after he had 98 tackles, five forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns last year … Chattanooga’s roster lists only eight seniors … Thirty-nine of the 62 players (63 percent) who saw game action last season were either freshmen or sophomores.