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Chandler: Bulls are confident

Posted Oct 23, 2013 by Joey Johnston

Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

According to University of South Florida DT Todd Chandler, one of the team’s more articulate and interesting interview subjects, the Bulls (2-4, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) have great confidence heading into Saturday’s homecoming game against the No. 18-ranked Louisville Cardinals (6-1, 2-1).

Chandler, who played at Miami Northwestern High with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, said he was disappointed to see the Cardinals lose against Central Florida 38-35 on Friday night.

“I was real disappointed,’’ Chandler said. “Not because it was Teddy, but because I wanted South Florida to be their first loss, to knock them off their high horse they’re sitting on. UCF played amazing defense. They didn’t quit when Louisville punched them in the mouth. They didn’t even blink an eye. They just came back fighting.

“I know that’s what South Florida is going to do. We’re not even going to blink. You know Louisville is going to make their plays. We’re going to make our plays. It’s going to come down to a defensive game. We’re ready.’‘

Chandler said people called Bridgewater “Teddy Heisman’’ in high school, but “we’re going to end those dreams as well. It’s college. He’s my friend, but we’ve got on two different jerseys.’‘

With an upset, the Bulls would become the first team in school history to begin 3-0 in league play. USF has a 2-0 league record for the first time since 2003 (Conference USA). When USF began 0-4, players continually talked about their top goal remaining, winning an AAC championship. Sometimes, that brought snickers. But USF players are still talking about it. The Bulls know that beating Louisville would create a few more believers.

“We’re not trying to focus on the negative parts of our season,’’ Chandler said. “Those four losses are on the belt. You can’t start over. You can’t press reset. We’ve got to stay hungry and keep this same drive we’ve had the past two games.

“We can still win this (conference) and go to a nice bowl game. One game at a time. We’re trying to go 1-0 (each week). After this week, we’ll be 3-0.’‘

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