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Athlon has Bulls headed to ... bowl formerly known as the Motor City Bowl
Posted May 26, 2010 by Scott Carter
Updated May 26, 2010 at 05:21 PM
The season opener against those mighty Seawolves from Stony Brook University is still more than three months away, but it’s never too early to talk about football season, right?
The folks at Athlon Magazine don’t think so. Athlon’s preseason college football issue is on store shelves around town, and while Skip Holtz’s hiring at USF has boosted enthusiam for USF football among the locals, Athlon isn’t as kind to the Bulls.
Athlon has USF finishing 6-6 and facing Temple in the Little Caesars Bowl—tickets are still available according to my Tribune colleague Joey Johnston.
As for the Big East race, Athlon picks the Bulls to finish sixth in the conference and 45th nationally.
Quoting from the summary: “Skip Holtz was a terrific hire and should have the Bulls in contention for a Big East title sooner rather than later. The success of the offense hinges on quarterback B.J. Daniels, who must stay healthy with no proven depth behind him. There are significant losses at each defensive level, most notably defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The Bulls catch a break with four conference home games, and if everything comes together, finishing in the top half of the league isn’t out of the question. However, USF is likely a year away.’‘
Big East picks from Athlon
3. West Virginia
OK, we’ve only got about 100 more days to debate this topic before the season opener, so let’s get started. Give me your conference predictions in order of finish.
Oh, and by the way, the Little Caesars Bowl is Dec. 26 in Detroit in case Athlon is right.