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USF wants to model Louisville turnaround

The Bulls next opponent opened 2011 with a 2-4 start of their own before turning it around to become a nationally ranked team a year later.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The first part of the 2012 season has not gone as well as USF might have hoped, as the Bulls have stumbled out to a 2-4 start to the season, including an 0-2 mark in Big East play.

However, while their season is on the brink, there's still time to turn it around, as USF QB B.J. Daniels noted while talking to reporters (courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times):

"Louisville was in this position last year," Daniels said. "There's a lot we can still play for, a lot more we can still accomplish. Our goals, fortunately, we're still able to attain them."

The Cardinals started 2011 with a 2-4 record, but they rebounded to finish the year at 7-6 and make a bowl appearance. The momentum from that, in turn, has helped Louisville jump out to a 5-0 mark and a No. 18 ranking in 2012.

And while the Bulls are currently playing below expectations, they've been close in all four of their losses, with their biggest margin of defeat (13) coming in a road game at Florida State, which was ranked No. 4 in the country at the time.

The Big East, meanwhile, is the weakest of the six BCS conferences, and if USF can pull off the road shocker on Oct. 20, they would have only one more date with a ranked team (No. 21 Cincinnati in late November) for the rest of the season.

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