Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (85,548/Natural Grass)
SEC Network — Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Cara Capuano
USF has faced every Division I school in the Sunshine State except Florida prior to Saturday’s game, which will be the first meeting between the Bulls and Gators … USF is 1-4 all-time against the Southeastern Conference, with the lone win coming in 2007, when the Bulls defeated Auburn 26-23 in overtime … The BIG EAST is 4-3 all-time against Florida … The Gators will face a BIG EAST opponent for the second time in a three-game span after Florida defeated Cincinnati 51-24 in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
1-0, first season at USF
73-50, 11th year as collegiate head coach
USF found itself in an early deficit against Stony Brook in Week 1, but the Bulls were able to regroup and score 52 unanswered points in what turned out to be a 59-14 win at Raymond James Stadium … It was the first win at USF for Skip Holtz, who is just the second head coach in program history … The Bulls had 563 yards of offense, including 383 passing yards … QB B.J. Daniels threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 15-for-22 passing, while QB Bobby Eveld came on in relief to complete 9 of 12 for 119 yards and one TD … Daniels completed a 59-yard touchdown pass on USF’s first offensive play … RB Marcus Shaw was the leading rusher with 86 yards on four carries, including a 63-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter … WR Evan Landi had five catches for 92 yards and was one of 10 different USF players to catch a pass … The Bulls scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams … The USF defense had four interceptions, including a 33-yard return for a touchdown by Mark Joyce … The Bulls play their next four games at home following the trip to Gainesville.
No. 8/6 FLORIDA (1-0)
Urban Meyer (Albany ’82)
58-10, sixth year at Florida
97-18, 10th year as collegiate head coach
Florida had a tougher time than expected, but still managed to take a 34-12 win against Miami (Ohio) in the Gators’ season-opener … In their first game since the graduation of all-America quarterback Tim Tebow, the Gators managed an uncharacteristically low 212 yards and fumbled eight times … The Florida defense was consistent, however, as the Gators similarly held the RedHawks to 212 yards and had four interceptions … QB Jon Brantley made his first career start and went 17-for-25 for 113 yards and two touchdowns … RB Jeff Demps had eight carries for 98 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown run … Florida has won 21 consecutive regular-season games … Florida head coach Urban Meyer served as an assistant at Notre Dame under Lou Holtz — the father of USF coach Skip Holtz — from 1996-2000 … Meyer has led Florida to BCS National Championships in 2006 and 2008 … He is the only coach to win two BCS titles.