USF Vs. Cincinnati: Bulls Lose Third Straight Big East Game, 37-34

The USF Bulls (4-2, 0-2) look to end their two game losing streak as they welcome in the Cincinnati Bearcats (5-1, 1-0) to Raymond James this Saturday.

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BCS Rankings, Week 9: No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama Highlight Six SEC Teams In Standings

The LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide remained the top two teams in the latest iteration of the BCS Standings, used to determine who will meet in the BCS National Championship Game in January 2012. LSU and Alabama will meet in two weeks in Tuscaloosa, in what may amount to a de facto national championship game

The SEC placed six teams in total in this week's standings. In addition to the Tigers and Crimson Tide, Arkansas is No. 10, South Carolina No. 13, Georgia No. 22 and Auburn No. 24.

The highest ACC team ranked this week is Clemson and their arena football-esque offense, jumping two spots from last week and checking in at No. 5.

Here are the complete Week 9 BCS Standings:

2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma State
4 Boise State
5 Clemson
6 Stanford
7 Oregon
8 Kansas State
9 Oklahoma
10 Arkansas
11 Michigan State
12 Virginia Tech
13 South Carolina
14 Nebraska
15 Wisconsin
16 Texas A&M
17 Houston
18 Michigan
19 Penn State
20 Texas Tech
21 Arizona State
22 Georgia
23 Auburn
24 Texas
25 West Virginia

For more on the Week 9 college football rankings, check out SB Nation's comprehensive StoryStream.


Cincinnati Vs. USF Final: Bearcats Rally Back To Beat The Bulls

The South Florida Bulls lost a gut wrenching game to Cincinnati in Big East play. The Bulls led entering the fourth quarter 27-17 and looked like they were finally going to snap their losing streak. Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros had other plans however, as he led the Bearcats on a fourth quarter comeback scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

To open the fourth quarter, Collaros scored two touchdowns, one in the air and one on the ground to take a 30-27 lead over the Bulls.  B.J. Daniels answered back with a touchdown pass to Andre Davis to take back the lead with 1:27 left on the game clock.

The Bearcats marched right down the football field on the back of quarterback Zach Collaros to score the go ahead touchdown with just 12 seconds left on the clock. Collaros connected on passes of 33 and 21 yards on the drive, capping it off with a 2-yard touchdown run by Collaros. He ended the day with 389 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.

For more on the Bulls, head on over to Voodoo Five, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Down The Drive.


USF Vs Cincinnati Preview

The USF Bulls (4-2, 0-2) look to end a two game losing streak as they host the Cincinnati Bearcats (5-1, 1-0) today at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is at noon and will be televised locally on WTSP Channel 28 and nationally on the Big East Network as well as For those unable to watch the game, Jim Louk and Mark Robinson will have the call for you on 970 WFLA.

With West Virginia losing to Syracuse yesterday, the Bulls have a chance to get right back into the Big East championship race if they are able to beat the only undefeated team left in the conference. To win today, the Bulls will have to stop Cincinnati RB Isaiah Pead and the Bearcats running game. Pead is averaging 104 YPG this season for Cincinnati, and has a similar running style to Pitt RB Ray Graham, who gashed the USF defense for over 200 yards 3 weeks ago. If Pead gets going, it'll open up the passing game for Zach Collaros and the UC passing game.

Speaking of the passing game, after having a strong junior season, Collaros has taken a step back in production averaging 197 YPG through the air with 11 TD and 4 INT. A big reason is that Pead has been so good, but another is that Collaros doesn't have the great receivers like last year. Anthony McClung, D.J. Woods, and Kenbrell Thompson are each capable receivers, but the three haven't been able to replicate the numbers that Armon Binns had last season.

Offensively, the Bulls have to make sure they hold onto the ball. The UC defense is 2nd in the country in turnover margin, forcing 19 turnovers already this season. Leading the way for the Bearcats defense is LB J.K. Schaffer, who has a case to be Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Schaffer's stat line makes you do a double with 46 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Helping free Schaffer to make those plays are ST Derek Wolfe and DE Dan Giordano. The starting duo have wrecked havoc on the line of scrimmage all season, netting a combined 43 tackles, 15 TFL, 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. The battle between those two and the USF front five will be a fun one to watch today.

As the guys at Voodoo Five mentioned yesterday, the only quality offense that Cincinnati has played this year torched them for 45 points and 531 total yards. Dominique Battle and Camerron Cheatem are a solid pair at cornerback, but they can be beaten deep against an attacking passing attack. If guys like Evan Landi and A.J. Love can compliment Sterling Griffin with catching a couple of balls downfield on play action, it will keep the UC defense honest and give Darrell Scott and Demetris Murray the holes needed for a couple of big runs.


Cincinnati Vs. USF Game Time, TV Schedule, Announcers And More

The South Florida Bulls will be happy to return home Saturday afternoon, after suffering back-to-back losses to conference foes Pittsburgh and Connecticut. The Bulls will need to stop Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros and running back Isaiah Pead if they hope to jump back into the wide-open Big East race. Here is everything you need to know about Saturday's game:

Who: University of South Florida Bulls (4-2, 0-2 Big East) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (5-1, 2-0)

Where: Raymond James Stadium

When: Noon EST

TV Information: Mike Gleason and John Congemi have the call on the Big East Network.

Spread: USF by 3.

Last game: USF did not seem to enjoy the elements in the Northeast last weekend, turning the ball over four times in an ugly 16-10 loss to Connecticut. The Bearcats defeated Louisville 25-16 behind 151 yards from running back Isaiah Pead.

Last season: B.J. Daniels' had a breakout game, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another in USF's 38-30 victory over the at-the-time two-time defending Big East champs.

Key absences: The Bearcats have no significant injuries entering their matchup with the Bulls. USF's Daniels might be without two of his wide receivers on Saturday, as both Stephen Bravo-Brown and Terrence Mitchell are listed as questionable on the injury report.

We'll be following the lead-up to this game in this StoryStream. For more on the Bulls, head on over to Voodoo Five, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Down The Drive.

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