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2008 South Florida Bulls Football Preview

2008 South Florida Bulls season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official South Florida Bulls football preview as well as the 2008 South Florida Bulls Football Schedule. After reading this article check out our college football predictions against the current point spread.

Coach: Jim Leavitt (12th year at South Florida)
Team Name: Bulls
2007 Overall Record: 9-4
Returning Starters: 17

In 2007, the South Florida Bulls (9-3 overall, 4-3 Big East) proved that their newfound emergence as a power is not a fluke. Although they finished tied for third in the Big East, the team beat Big East champs West Virginia 21-13. The Bulls went to their third bowl game in a row, getting a Sun Bowl invitation. They met Oregon in the bowl, losing 21-56.

The Bulls return all but one of their starters on the frontline. Junior QB Matt Grothe (392 ATT, 232 COMP, 14 TDs, 14 INT) is a creative improviser. His next step is to become a better decision-maker, cutting down on his interceptions. Grothe also returns as the leading rusher with 872 yards and 10 touchdowns. Sophomore RB Mike Ford could have a breakout season, challenging him for the team’s lead rushing title. WR Carlton Mitchell (37 REC, 537 YDS, 4 TDs) broke the freshman reception record at South Florida last season and looks to be a dynamic presence this season.

Junior DE George Selvie, who had 14.5 sacks and 31.5 tackles was a First-team All-American last season. He leads a tough D-line. Transfer linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, a dominant presence and born leader, plays his first season with the Bulls. But the secondary is not as strong as it should be. The corners are both new, while the safeties are average. FS Nate Allen returns as the leading pick-man with four.

If the Bulls beat West Virginia on December 6 in their final game of the season, that will be a major upset. Swing games include two home contests. The first is on September 12 versus a tough Kansas team. The second will be against Rutgers on November 15.

Jim Leavitt (79-47 in 11 years) has done a fine job bringing SFU to national prominence. Last year, the team made it to number two in the nation, but they could not sustain that ranking. Three straight loses to Rutgers, Connecticut and Cincinnati lost them a BCS bid. This season, the Bulls have another chance to make it into a BCS game. This team is not going away. They are for real.

South Florida Bulls Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 30
Tenn Martin
Home
Sep 5
UCF
Away
Sep 13
Kansas
Home
Sep 20
Florida International
Away
Sep 27
NC State
Away
Oct 2
Pittsburgh
Home
Oct 18
Syracuse
Home
Oct 25
Louisville
Away
Oct 30
Cincinnati
Away
Nov 15
Rutgers
Home
Nov 23
Connecticut
Home
Dec 6
West Virginia
Away

 

For more info on the 2008 South Florida Bulls football program, view the Bulls football site or you can read about other Big East teams below.

 

2008 Big East Football Team Previews

All of the Big East teams are featured to the right. Each link under the team previews gives our individual breakdown for the eight Big East colleges. For other teams visit Maddux's 08 college preview page.

If you would like to know how Maddux forecasts the order of finish for the Big East football conference check out the Big East Conference Preview section which is our conference preview as a whole. Is Brian Kelly ready to take Cincinnati to a BCS game? Will losing Rich Rodriguez drop the Mountaineers down a notch? Is this the year Matt Grothie and coach Leavitt put it all together and make a run at the national title?

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