OK, prepare that humble pie.
I didn’t like USF’s chances against a lesser (Syracuse) opponent the week after a big, nationally-noted win (FSU) and said so. I had my reasons. Principally, the Bulls’ track record for not handling that kind of pressure well – and typically playing as if they were channeling head coach Jim Leavitt in his most composure-challenged, sideline moments. But a 34-20 win at Syracuse on Homecoming — a victory keyed by another impressive, unflappable performance by freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels — halted that disconcerting pattern.
Now USF will take on 8th-ranked Cincinnati next Thursday at RayJay in a nationally-televised ESPN game. Make that pie a la mode.