Can USF Make a Case for a Power Six? An AAC Week 0 Preview

The long awaited consistent stream of articles from N2K Sports is back, unfortunately there are only five games in Division IA College Football this week so the content will be a bit slim.

Lucky for us fans of teams in the American Conference or AAC, there will be one game this week and that will be the #21 South Florida Bulls against the Spartans of San José State. The USF Bulls carry the torch high for the AAC and they’ll look to prove just that when they start their season on the road against a sneaky good Spartans team. The Bulls are starting off a new regime under former Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong and with the loss of running back Marlon Mack their offense will have some major ground to make up, or will it?

NCAA Football: Florida State at South Florida

Senior quarterback Quinton Flowers (above) is returning with a strong core of offensive lineup and receiving weapons as his dispense. The key to this game for the Bulls and the season will be physical defensive play and finishing tackles, Charlie Strong is a sound defensive coach so it is very possible that the defensive side of things for USF will be trending upwards throughout the season. The leadership and experience of senior linebacker Auggie Sanchez will go a long way for their “work in progress” defense.

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If USF senior running back D’Ernest Johnson (above) can run effectively and efficiently against the Spartans, the Bulls will have no problems beating San José State. If the South Florida offense can control the clock it will take loads of pressure off of their defense and getting their defense off to a strong start will go a long way for this game and this season. Even if the Bulls can’t get firing on all cylinders they still have a good chance to pull off the victory as 20 point favorites. This is a statement game for USF and the American Conference in general, a conference campaigning to expand the ‘Power Five’ to the ‘Power Six’ joining the SEC, the ACC, the Big Ten, the Big XII and the PAC-12. Its no secret that the American Conference boasts some undeniable talent with USF, Temple, Navy and Houston especially with Houston defeating Florida State just two years ago in the Peach Bowl.

For this writer though I see South Florida handing San José State a convincing loss to start off this season of college football. There is just too much talent on the Bulls for the Spartans to keep up with. San José is all but a pitstop on South Florida’s road to their first major bowl game.

 

Cover Photo via Athlon Sports

Article Photos via USA Today and News Day

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