TAMPA, FLA. - Don't let the coach-speak fool you.
"This is kind of just the next game," USF linebacker Auggie Sanchez told the media Tuesday, "and it's the biggest game on our schedule, because it's the next game."
"For us, it's a big game," head coach Willie Taggart reiterated, "because it's the next game."
Saturday's showdown between USF and Florida State means much more, even if Taggart and his players want to downplay it.
For the Bulls, it's an opportunity to gain national respect, something the program has yearned for since 2007. Beat the Seminoles Saturday, and you're a Top 25 team again, while ending any and all of FSU's playoff hopes.
"They've just got a little more power to their name," running back Marlon Mack said.
Well, yeah, they do, but USF can sap that power with a win Saturday, and put the Bulls back on the map as a power program in college football.