USF Bulls College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
USF has been the leaking balloon that finally lost all of its air last season in the first year under head coach Jeff Scott.
The program that went a stunning 11-2 in 2016 won ten games in 2017 – beating South Carolina and Texas Tech in respective bowl games. The 2018 team got off to a 7-0 start, and then …
Pffffffffft. The leak.
The Bulls have lost 22 of their last 28 games since that big start in ’18, going from 11 wins to 10, to seven, to four, to just one in the five-year drop.
Obviously, things aren’t going well when you go 1-8 – and that one win was against an FCS team – but to be fair, the Bulls had to go on the road to play at Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Memphis and Houston.
Losing to East Carolina wasn’t okay, but the Temple loss was on the road and the last game was a shootout defeat to UCF. It might not have seemed like it, but the Bulls really did play better as the year went on.
Now the team returns loaded with veterans, depth, options, and more talent coming in from the transfer portal.
And now it’s time to pump things up again.
Set The USF Bulls Regular Season Win Total At … 3.5
This is going to be a far better team that should pull off a few upsets, and that’s what it’s going to take to come up with a good run.
USF will beat Florida A&M, and it has to find a way to get by Tulsa and/or Houston and/or Temple at home to start turning this around.
At NC State, Florida, at BYU, at SMU – that’s all in the first five games.
Houston, Cincinnati, at Tulane, at UCF. That’s November.
But it’s about how quickly the program can start to improve. The defense can’t and won’t be worse, there will be more big plays from the passing game, and the rebuilding job done last year will start to payoff.