Nippert Stadium (35,000/FieldTurf)
Friday, November 24 • 7 p.m. • ESPN
ESPN — Mark Neely and Ray Bentley - WATCH LIVE
IMG National Radio Game of the Week
John Rooke and Pete Brock
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Friday’s matchup will be the 10th meeting between USF and Cincinnati … The series began in 2003, when both schools were members of Conference USA … Cincinnati holds a 6-3 series lead and has won five of the seven BIG EAST meetings … The visiting team has won the last three games in the series, including Cincinnati’s 37-34 victory last year in Tampa, Fla. … Last year’s meeting saw Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros throw for 389 yards and three touchdowns, while USF QB B.J. Daniels threw for 409 yards and three TDs.
USF (3-7, 1-4 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
16-18, third season at USF
88-68, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF enters Friday’s game on the heels of a 40-9 setback at Miami (Fla.) … The Bulls continue to be plagued by the injury bug … Regular starting QB B.J. Daniels —who ranks third on the BIG EAST’s career total offense chart (10,501 yards) — suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Connecticut … The starting nod against Miami went to QB Bobby Eveld, who was lost for the year with a shoulder injury in his second series … QB Matt Floyd, who has finished the last two games, will make his first career start against Cincinnati … Floyd has completed 24 of 45 passes for 197 yards and two interceptions in limited action … RB Lindsey Lamar, who is the team’s second-leading rusher, is out with a broken collarbone … RB Demetris Murray is the top rusher with 584 yards and five touchdowns this season … WR Andre Davis has team highs with 39 receptions, 482 receiving yards and six touchdown catches … LB DeDe Lattimore has a team-high 3.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss … K Maikon Bonani is 16-for-20 on field goal attempts and has made 11 of his last 13 kicks.
rv/rv CINCINNATI (7-3, 3-2 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
21-14 third season at Cincinnati
47-26, sixth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati saw a modest two-game winning streak end with a 10-3 loss to Rutgers last Saturday … The setback snapped a nine-game winning streak at Nippert Stadium for the Bearcats … The Bearcats have averaged 31.1 points per game to rank second in the BIG EAST … RB George Winn is second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 101.5 yards per game … Winn has rushed for 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns and is averaging 5.5 yards per carry … QB Brendon Kay has started the last two games and has thrown for 543 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions this season … RB Ralph David Abernathy IV is averaging 126.2 all-purpose yards per game, good for third in the conference … TE Travis Kelce has team highs with 28 receptions, 472 receiving yards and four touchdown catches … WR Kenbrel Thompkins has 27 catches for 455 yards and two TDs … LB Greg Blair has a team-high 101 tackles and ranks second in the BIG EAST at 10.1 tackles per game … K Tony Miliano is second-leading scorer in the BIG EAST with an average of 7.7 points per game.