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Preview: USF Bulls Face UTEP Miners In Tampa

While the USF Bulls are likely looking forward to their Big East opener against Pittsburgh this upcoming Thursday, they have to take care of the UTEP Miners first.

CHARLOTTE NC - DECEMBER 31:  Ryne Giddins #7 of the USF Bulls drops back to pass against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 31 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE NC - DECEMBER 31: Ryne Giddins #7 of the USF Bulls drops back to pass against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 31 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After positively throttling Florida A&M last week, the USF Bulls are at home this week against the UTEP Miners. The Miners are an unranked team from Conference USA, while the Bulls are currently ranked #18 overall and are positioned well to make a run at the Big East title this season.

The Miners shouldn't pose a large problem for the Bulls, but since the Bulls open their Big East schedule on Thursday of this upcoming week against Pittsburgh, the challenge for them will be to remain focused on this game. As Charlie Blackwell wrote over at Voodoo Five:

4. It's a trap! If the coaches didn't do a little bit of preparation in advance for the Pittsburgh game next Thursday, they're either lying or crazy. There won't be much time to get ready, and UTEP runs some of the same formations and sets, so it would have been a good time to pull some double duty. But this is definitely a potential trap game if the Bulls get caught looking ahead to their Big East opener. They have to take care of the Miners first.

5. If you can, get the game over with quickly. Because it's a short week and the Bulls have to travel on top of that, running out to a nice lead tonight would be really helpful if they can manage it. Get everyone some work against a team that's like a less intimidating version of next week's opponent, keep everyone healthy, and move on.

The game is scheduled for 7:00pm tonight, and will take place in Tampa. For more coverage on the game, see the work done at Voodoo Five or follow along with us for game updates.

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