Sep 14, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Florida Bulls quarterback Steven Bench (2) throws the ball against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Raymond James Stadium. Florida Atlantic Owls defeated the South Florida Bulls 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Game Four Preview: South Florida vs. No. 15 Miami Hurricanes


The winless South Florida Bulls (0-3, 0-0) will square off against the No. 15 Miami Hurricanes (3-0, 0-0) in Tampa, FL on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulls began this season the victims of a 53-21 drubbing courtesy of McNeese St. followed by a 21-6 defeat at the hands of Michigan State.  Things didn’t get much better for South Florida during week three as they were again beaten handily, 28-10, by Florida Atlantic.

Sophomore QB Steven Bench will be starting for the Bulls, his first start of the season.  Bench spent the 2012 season at Penn State and played in two games for the Nittany Lions as a true freshman.  He transferred to South Florida after spring football in 2013.  Bench will become the third different quarterback to start for the Bulls this season.

The Bulls will hope that Bench can create a spark for their somewhat under-performing offense, one that ranks 116th in passing yards and 93rd in rushing yards.

Senior RB Marcus Shaw will lead the Bulls’ ground attack.  Shaw has rushed for 398 yards and one touchdown on 57 attempts.  The veteran back is capable of breaking the big one and did so on a 80-yard dash in the opener against McNeese St.

Likewise, the Bulls have struggled through the air and only one receiver has eclipsed the 100-yard mark thus far.  Junior Andre Davis has totaled 116 receiving yards on nine receptions with one touchdown.

The porous South Florida defense has shown that they can give up points and ranks 121st in points for and 102nd in points against.  The Hurricanes should have no problem finding the end-zone, especially with speedster Duke Johnson in the backfield.

Miami holds a 4-1 series lead and the two last met in 2011 where the Hurricanes pulled off the W in a low-scoring affair, 6-3.

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Television: ESPNU

Favorite: Miami -17.5 (Oddsmaker)

 

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