The USF Bulls are set to have their home opener tomorrow and they will host the FAMU Rattlers. They are coming off a road lost to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 41-24. The Bulls looked good on both sides of the ball. The defense, despite not causing a turnover, held WKU to very few big plays. On the other side of the ball, Byrum Brown made the offense look good. It was a high-paced offense that moved the ball up and down the field. The problem was the three turnovers. The one that hurt USF was when they were driving down to tie the game and Brown threw his second interception that kept WKU in the lead. USF played well enough to win and they had more yards than the Hilltoppers but lost with the turnovers.
The FAMU Rattlers and head coach Willie Simmons come in from the SWAC. Many do not know Simmons was one of the coaches that the USF Bulls were looking at before the job was given to Alex Golesh. FAMU comes into this matchup on a 10-game winning streak. The Rattlers won last week 28-10 over Jackson State, Deion Sanders’s former team. Senior quarterback Jeremy Moussa had a good game going 12-22 for 150 yards and two touchdowns. FAMU used the running game so look for them to do that against USF and the Rattlers are playing defense just as well. In the 10-game winning streak, they have only allowed more than 16 points twice. Look for them to come after Byrum Brown. They are very disciplined they do not commit many penalties. They will test the USF Bulls on both sides of the ball.
For the USF Bulls, they must be more disciplined. They committed too many penalties and turnovers last week. If the Bulls take a loss this week against FAMU it would be a death blow to Alex Golesh. If USF plays like they did last week against WKU they should have no problem winning over the Rattlers. The offense moved the ball up and down the field last week. USF mixed the run and pass. Brown used his legs at times that twice on fourth down led to touchdowns. The defense held a WKU offense much better than the one they will be facing this Saturday. I think the Bulls can win this game. USF just has to make sure they avoid significant mistakes and they will get their first win in 2023.
The USF Bulls know that Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide will be invading Raymond James Stadium next Saturday. In many cases, most experts would call this a trap game. This game means a lot to USF. The team is much better than it was in 2022 after one game. Coach Golesh said in his weekly press conference “The standard is to win the game.” This will be one of those games. Let’s see if the USF Bulls can keep the Rattlers at bay on offense. On defense, Byrum Brown will use his legs to avoid the pressure that will be coming. FAMU will be a challenge this will not be a cupcake game at all.
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