On Saturday afternoon USF will travel to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to take on ECU in their second conference game of the season. In fact, the No. 18/17 Bulls are looking to extend to a ten-game win streak as well.
Coming off a win against Temple, USF will take a team that dominates on both sides of the ball for just their second road game this season.
The defense is ranked 13th in the nation in total defense, 22nd in scoring defense, first for turnovers gained, and first in turnover margin. The USF offense is ranked 21st in the nation in total offense and 21st in scoring offense.
Despite the national rankings USF will still need to remain focused to beat an ECU team that is coming off a road win against Connecticut.
“East Carolina started off with a big win over Connecticut. It’s going to be a home game for them, and we know we’re going to have to play our best,” said head coach Charlie Strong during The American’s teleconference on Monday. “Anytime you go on the road in this conference; it’s always tough because every team gets ready to go play at home.”
ECU opened the season with a tough schedule including games against West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“Now we get the (conference’s) most talented, and what some people consider one of the best teams in the nation, to come in and play against us here at home,” ECU head coach Scottie Montgomery said during the teleconference.
An improved USF defense and an explosive offense will make this a tough game for ECU.
Records USF Looks To Uphold This Weekend:
- USF is looking to extend their win streak to ten games. Right now the Bulls are tied with Clemson for the third-longest active streak in the nation.
- USF is 22-4 over the last 26 games, which ranks them just behind Alabama (25-1), Clemson (24-2) and San Diego State (23-3).
- The Bulls are still holding the nation-leading 21-game streak of scoring 30+ points. They are just two games shy of the longest such streak in the nation since 1936 (23, Oregon, 2011-12).
Where To Watch:
Where: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (Greenville, N.C.)
When: Saturday at noon
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 820 am