By: Jim Lighthall

Well look who’s tied for first.

It hasn’t exactly been pretty, but it’s been effective for Willie Taggart’s USF Bulls in league play. After Saturday’s 13-10 win at UConn, USF ran their American Conference record to 2-0 – tied with Louisville and Houston atop the standings.

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That season opening loss to McNeese State? Old news. Getting handled by an awful FAU team? Forgotten. A shocking 0-4 start? Ancient history. In fact, scratch the entire month of September from your USF memory. It was bad. It was unexpected. But mercifully it’s over.

The Bulls are off to their best start in conference play in a decade – and have had to do it with defense and special teams. In Hartford, the defense scored for a second-straight week, while Mike McFarland blocked a field goal just like he had the previous game against Cincinnati.

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Even though the offense is a major concern, it’s still putting up points. Even if it’s only field goals from one of the nation’s most reliable kickers, Marvin Kloss. Kloss, a senior, has missed exactly one field goal since 2008 – which was his junior season at Barron Collier High School in Naples.

The Bulls now have two weeks to prepare for Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium. USF will surely have to play their best game of the year to beat a Top 10 team that some say could eventually play for a national title.

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Confidence and momentum can be a lethal combination in college football and right now the Bulls have both.