Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bulls Dominate Knights in "Rivalry" Game

The Bulls dominated the game against UCF from kickoff. The Bulls scored their first bunch of points off of Knight turnovers in their own 20. The Knights got back in it for a second, but USF got a safety after pinning the Knights down and after that went on to outscore UCF 52-5 for the rest of the game.

The Bull defense dominated the UCF offense and held one of the nations best backs to 55 yards on 18 carries. Most of Smith's yards came in the first quarter and he was just down after that. Neither one of the UCF quarterbacks could get anything done against the Bulls stout defense.

The Bulls offense was led by Matt Groethe who stepped up and threw for over 200 yards and ran for over 100. The papers in Tampa had been calling for offense and Matt Groethe stepped up and gave everyone what they were looking for. His yardage through the air could have been even better had the wide outs not dropped some great passes thrown by Groethe. The Bulls responded to everyone, including myself, that thought they may struggle with UCF who came in fired up to try and knock USF off of their magical year thus far.

This game once again proved that this is not a rivalry game and after next season it needs to be put to an end. The Bulls have owned the series thus far, winning the first three games and dominating UCF at home. It doesn't make sense for them to keep playing UCF until the Knights get better and make a move out of conference USA. The win against UCF essentially does nothing for the Bulls because they were supposed to win. The Bulls have a lot to lose playing these games and nothing to gain. If they lose to a team like UCF they look real bad to the rest of the nation, meanwhile when they win it really does not help them because they were supposed to win.

The series made sense back when both teams were in Conference USA and both were getting better, but know it is obvious that USF is a step above UCF. USF needs to finish out the contract and find another team to play and maybe make another rivalry game. UCF is no match for USF and the Bulls proved that yesterday. The Bulls own their own destiny now and just need to go about their business the same way they have all year.

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