Tampa, Fla. (CBS) The USF Bulls (5-5) failed to score a touchdown during the 6-3 loss against the Miami Hurricanes (6-5) on Saturday, but what’s more concerning is they haven’t secured a bowl bid with two games left in the regular season.
A Big East championship is out of the question at this point, and with Louisville and West Virginia approaching even a bowl game won’t be guaranteed for South Florida in 2011.
B.J Daniels suffered a shoulder injury during the second quarter of Saturday’s dismal offensive performance, which gave backup quarterback Bobby Eveld an opportunity to lead the Bulls’ offense.
With Eveld at the helm, South Florida remained inefficient and couldn’t even come close to the end zone. He completed 5-0f-9 passes for 36 yards after Daniels left the game, but despite the horrific offensive production South Florida’s defense played spectacular.
The Bulls sacked Jacory Harris six times and forced twice as many punts on the day, and from the early goings it was evident that either team would need to win with their defense.
And just like the last-minute loss to Cincinnati a few weeks prior, the Bulls’ defense gave up a late game-winning field goal to put another tough loss behind them. So where do the Bulls go from here?
Many would agree that the defense is not the root of the problem. Offensively, USF is wading in troubled waters. There is no telling when Daniels will return, and Eveld lacks the experience and leadership to win against two quality Big East opponents.
Let’s make it clear to Skip Holtz that we are not in Conference USA anymore. The Big East may be crumbling beneath our feet, but there’s no excuse for the the way the Bulls have been performing. They’ve gone from Big East favorite after four straight wins to a one conference win team in a span of five games, and there is no way of telling where they will end up.