Tampa, Florida-- Willie Taggart's winless USF Bulls had last weekend off. They got to sit back and watch this week's opponent, the undefeated Miami Hurricanes, score 77 points against Savannah State.
If that doesn't get your attention, nothing will.
"I think going into that game, everyone anticipated that," said Taggart, who is off to a 0-3 start as USF's head coach. "That's what good football teams do."
A good football team is what USF is trying to morph into. Taggart and his players all used the phrase "great opportunity" to describe the matchup with the 15th-ranked 'Canes.
"They're not a tropical storm anymore. I know that. They're a hurricane," Taggart joked. "The Bay Area is built for hurricanes so we'll be ready. We are not going to bow down to them, that's for sure."
Miami is scoring 44 points per game thanks to stars like running back Duke Johnson and quarterback Stephen Morris. The 'Canes have outscored their opponents 132-29 in three games.
"I believe we can go out and compete with any team we set our mind to," said fullback Ryan Eppes.
Taggart told reporters "we're on our way" towards his goal to get USF to the level of teams like Florida State, Florida and Miami as perennial state powers.
Steven Bench will start at quarterback for the Bulls. He played the majority of the Bulls' 38-10 loss to Florida Atlantic two weeks ago, throwing a touchdown pass to Eppes in the first half.
Kickoff is set for noon at Raymond James Stadium. Miami leads the all-time series 4-1.