Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
ESPN2 - Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Quint Kessenich
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
WFLA-AM 9750 (flagship)
Sirius 125; XM 203
Saturday’s game will be the eighth meeting between Connecticut and USF in a series that dates to 2000 … USF holds a 4-3 series lead and is 3-0 against the Huskies at Raymond James Stadium … The home team has won six straight in the series … Last year’s game saw Connecticut get the game-winning points on a 42-yard field goal the final gun by K Dave Teggart in a 29-27 win at Rentschler Field … USF QB B.J. Daniels rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort … USF coach Skip Holtz served as Connecticut’s head coach from 1994-98, going 34-23 with the Huskies.
CONNECTICUT (7-4, 4-2 BIG EAST)
Randy Edsall (Syracuse ’80)
73-69, 12th season
Connecticut has won four straight games to move into a tie for first place in the BIG EAST standings … The Huskies would win the BIG EAST’s BCS bid with a win against the Bulls … Connecticut would also get the bid with a loss if West Virginia and Pittsburgh both lose Saturday as well … Connecticut is 5-0 at home, but is just 1-4 on the road this year … RB Jordan Todman enters the game ranked second nationally in rushing (148.1 yards per game) … Todman has rushed for 1,481 yards and 14 touchdowns on 269 carries … QB Zach Frazer has thrown for 1,090 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions in nine games … WR Michael Smith has 36 receptions for 537 yards and two touchdowns, while WR Kashif Moore has 31 catches for 372 yards and four TDs … LB Lawrence Wilson leads the BIG EAST in tackles (110 total, 10.0 per game) … DE Jesse Joseph has 8.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, both good for fifth in the BIG EAST … DE Kendall Reyes has registered interceptions in each of the last two games.
USF (7-4, 3-3 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
7-4, first season at USF
79-54, 11th year as collegiate head coach
USF has won four of its last five games after scoring an overtime victory at Miami (Fla.) last weekend … USF can win a share of the BIG EAST title with a win against Connecticut coupled with losses by West Virginia and Pittsburgh, forcing a five-way tie for the championship … The Bulls are 7-0 when they have scored more than 14 points and 0-4 when they have been held to 14 points or fewer … Conversely, the Bulls have held their BIG EAST opponents to 20 points or fewer three times, but are 0-3 in those games … USF is 3-0 in BIG EAST games when it has allowed more than 20 points … USF is 4-2 at home this season … QB B.J. Daniels has thrown for 1,496 yards and nine touchdowns with 12 interceptions … Daniels left last week’s game against Miami with a leg injury, allowing QB Bobby Eveld to step in … Eveld has thrown for 259 yards and a touchdown in limited action … RB Moise Plancher is the leading rusher with 684 yards on 147 carries … WR Dontavia Bogan has team highs with 39 receptions, 600 yards and four touchdown catches … LB Jacquain Williams leads the team with 61 tackles to go with 2.5 sacks.