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September 8, 2009 9:49 PM

USF Gets Double Scouting Report


It was simply a great opportunity to scout four "name" opponents on the South Florida schedule Monday.

There was Cincinnati playing at Rutgers and Miami at Florida State.

Given USF's performance against Wofford and the two games mentioned above, this quick, simple assessment:

USF isn't ready for either Miami or FSU. USF is not ready for Cincinnati.

USF is ready for Rutgers.

Cincinnati moved into the favorite's spot in the Big East with an incredible 45-15 wipeout of Rutgers. It was a shocking sight for Rutgers fans, who showed up in mass, 55,000-plus. They saw quarterback Tony Pike dismantle the Scarlet Knights, easily.

Miami and Florida State might have been the best college game of the weekend. USF goes to Tallahassee on Sept. 26 and the Bulls hopefully watched that game and saw that FSU's defense is very vulnerable. If that game showed anything, it's that both FSU and Miami have huge questions with their defensive units.

USF Coach Jim Leavitt voted his team out of the top 25 while Cincinnati, on the strength of its win, jumped to No. 23 in the AP Poll, Miami took the 20th spot.

Good news for the Bulls is that they have two more "warm up" games before taking the bus to Tallahassee.

And that's exactly what Leavitt needs.

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