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South Florida at Cincinnati
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 1, 2016
Where: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

South Florida not only ended Cincinnati's hopes for an American Athletic Conference title last season - it did so in emphatic fashion. The Bearcats have waited more than 10 months for a shot at revenge, and they'll get that opportunity Saturday night as they entertain the Bulls in a battle of 3-1 teams.

While the Bearcats will likely be focused on erasing the memory of that Nov. 21 meeting, in which Cincinnati trailed 51-3 at halftime, South Florida has its own concerns - specifically, opening conference play on a high note following last weeks 55-35 drubbing at the hands of now-No. 12 Florida State. “From a mental standpoint, our guys are really locked in and they want to do whatever it takes to get back in the win column,” head coach Willie Taggart told reporters Monday. “We’re trying to accomplish what we set out to do this year, which is to win the conference.” That begins Saturday on the road against a Bearcats team that looked less than impressive in a come-from-behind 27-20 win over Miami (Ohio). Quarterback Ross Trail shook off several mistakes in his first collegiate start to throw for 276 yards after regular starter Hayden Moore was a late scratch with an ankle injury.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: USF -5.5

ABOUT USF (3-1, 0-0 AAC): Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville calls the Bulls the most talented team in the conference - and through four high-scoring games to open the season, it's hard to argue. Quarterback Quinton Flowers has thrown for 876 yards and eight touchdowns while adding a team-high 309 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. He spearheads a sensational rushing attack that has produced a whopping 1,031 yards - good for a 6.2 yards-per-carry average - and 14 TDs, paced by Marlon Mack and Rodney Adams with four apiece.

ABOUT CINCINNATI (3-1, 0-0): The Bearcats would rather not go back to Trail, who tossed two interceptions last week. Fortunately for Cincinnati fans, Tuberville believes Moore - who amassed 785 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions over his three starts - could return Saturday; he was on the receiving end of last season's beatdown at the hands of USF, going 20-for-36 for 249 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions. Tion Green (247 yards, one TD) and Mike Boone (216 yards, two TDs) lead a two-headed rushing attack, while Nate Cole paces the team in receptions (23) and receiving scores (four).

EXTRA POINTS

1. USF has scored at least 35 points in eight consecutive games, and has compiled at least 200 rushing yards in nine straight outings.

2. Mack, who was poked in the eye last week but is expected to suit up Saturday, has 2,637 career rushing yards and needs 95 to become the school's all-time leader.

3. Cincinnati leads the all-time series 8-5.

PREDICTION: USF 45, Cincinnati 31
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
South Florida 3-1 L1 46.0 28.0 2-1 1-0 2-1 0-0 0-0
Cincinnati 3-1 W1 27.2 21.8 2-1 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-1
Last Meeting
South Florida Cincinnati
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/20/15 CIN 27 USF 65 573 367 206 430 97 333
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
South Florida Q. Flowers 62.5 171 4 2
Cincinnati H. Moore 55.6 249 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
South Florida M. Mack 11 106 9.6 2
Cincinnati T. Green 10 51 5.1 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
South Florida R. Adams 4 91 22.8 1
Cincinnati C. Moore 6 131 21.8 1
Touchdowns Player TD
South Florida M. Mack 2
Cincinnati T. Green 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
South Florida Q. Flowers 51.7 871 8 3
Cincinnati H. Moore 59.2 785 7 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
South Florida Q. Flowers 49 309 6.3 2
Cincinnati T. Green 58 247 4.3 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
South Florida R. Adams 12 237 19.8 3
Cincinnati D. Gray 18 331 18.4 1
Touchdowns Player TD
South Florida R. Adams 7
Cincinnati N. Cole 4
Quickchart Matchup
South Florida South Florida Off vs  Cincinnati Cincinnati Def
South Florida 501.5 yards
Cincinnati 411.5 yards
South Florida 6.2 yards/rush
Cincinnati 3.3 yards/rush
South Florida 9.1 yards/attempt
Cincinnati 7.8 yards/attempt
Cincinnati Cincinnati Off vs  South Florida South Florida Def
Cincinnati 420 yards
South Florida 451.5 yards
Cincinnati 4 yards/rush
South Florida 4.6 yards/rush
Cincinnati 7.4 yards/attempt
South Florida 5.8 yards/attempt