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The 1-1 Tulsa Hurricane look to build on a signature win this week as they visit struggling South Florida on Friday night.
At 1-4, the Bulls have dropped four straight contests. This week’s American Athletic Conference match-up begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and airs on ESPN.
Tulsa is coming off a win over USF’s in-state rival UCF — its fourth straight over the Knights. USF is coming off a 2-point loss to Temple. USF is 3-0 all-time vs. Tulsa and looking to continue its winning ways against the Golden Hurricane.
To give fans a better understanding of what the Hurricane will look like against the Bulls, we talked to Sidelines Tulsa account manager, Wayne, on what he sees with this Saturday’s match-up.
WHO SHOULD USF BE LOOKING OUT FOR ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE?
Tulsa has several huge playmakers — both on the defense and offense. However, it’s more lopsided on the defense. There’s no doubt that Tulsa’s defense is one of the best in the American Athletic Conference and the country as a whole.
This is due to players like Zaven Collins, Allie Green IV, Kendarin Ray, Treyvon Reeves, and Anthony Goodlow. These are just a few of key players on the defense that USF will have to worry about.
The offense is a different story. There’s no doubt that the offense has struggled a bit this year, but there are still some important players that should worry USF like Deneric Prince, TK Wilkerson, Cory Taylor, Keylon Stokes, and Sam Crawford.
MANY USF FANS THINK THE Bulls HAVE A GOOD CHANCE TO WIN THIS GAME. HOW ARE TULSA FANS FEELING?
Tulsa fans are not worried about USF. If anything, we’re riled up because of the postponed game against Cincinnati.
Tulsa is coming off a huge win against UCF.
How do you think the defense responds after giving up 330 passing yards?
UCF has a major aerial attack and there’s no doubt that’s why UCF put such a large number of passing yard numbers against Tulsa. I think the defense will step up in a major way with defending the air against USF.
Tulsa commits the most penalty yards per game in the country; do you think the 20-day layoff will hurt or help them?
Tulsa has struggled with penalties since last year, and I hope the two-week bye week helped tackle that issue as much as possible. However, it’s hard to say I have hope that they did with the continuation of penalties from last year to now.
What does Tulsa need to do in order to win this game?
Tulsa needs the offense to step up this game in order to win. I’m not worried at all for the defense. It’s the offense that usually struggles to wake up early on, so the biggest thing I’m worried about is the offense.
What is your score prediction and why?
31-13, Tulsa. If Tulsa’s offense wakes up early on, Tulsa will control this game from start to finish. That’s especially if Tulsa’s defense plays like it has been playing here recently.