It's game week again, folks, and it's homecoming, complete with a purple homecoming shirt debacle. USF has an opportunity to get a conference win against a ranked team this Saturday night via East Carolina. ECU runs an Air Raid offense with an experienced quarterback, & the last three weeks have seen them upset Virginia Tech, destroy North Carolina, and coast to victory over SMU. They are on a roll and look to be the conference champs. Not exactly the homecoming guests wyouhope for.
However this presents USF with an opportunity to get its biggest upset since Notre Dame in 2011. On homecoming, in prime time, and the Bulls could soon sit atop the AAC with a 2-0 conference record. In this week's press conference, Coach Taggart admitted that that USF would have to play a "perfect game" to take advantage of that opportunity. Andre Davis is finally healthy again, as is Todd Chandler, so there is reason for optimism this Saturday night. Check out these tweets to see how the team is feeling this week.
Coach Taggart on AAC Conf. Call. Bulls spent bye week "Focused on fundamentals, with a young team, you can't stop teaching."— USF Football (@USFFootball) October 6, 2014
At the weekly presser, Todd Chandler said the team emphasized open field tackling and swarming to the ball on their "work week".— Jacob Hoag (@JacobHoagUSF) October 7, 2014
#USF DT Todd Chandler, who missed Wisconsin game after taking nasty poke in right eye at practice, says he's fine now— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) October 7, 2014
"We're an attack style defense so we're going to attack all day." -Chandler on how to slow down ECU offense.— USF Football (@USFFootball) October 7, 2014
@USFFootball WR Andre Davis says he's ready to go and 100% for this weekend v East Carolina! pic.twitter.com/7YR1vJUTs3— 98.7 The Fan (@987TheFan) October 7, 2014
"Can't draw it up any better." - Davis on homecoming being a night game with nice weather.— USF Football (@USFFootball) October 7, 2014
Taggart on getting Andre Davis back for ECU: "Ahhhh ... That's big time."— Jeff Odom (@ByJeffOdom) October 7, 2014
"The more we win the more confidence our guys get. If you get a win you're not expected to it gives the guys tremendous confidence."-Taggart— USF Football (@USFFootball) October 7, 2014
"You see a three-year starter at QB and then you have some veteran guys he's throwing the football to. They play with confidence." -Taggart— USF Football (@USFFootball) October 7, 2014
#USF D. C. Bresnahan on ECU's QB: "You're not going to sack him." Plans to knock him down a lot, though. #ECUvsUSF— Elliot (@esmoore3) October 8, 2014
#USF's Johnny Ward and Reshard Cliett both in agreement that Shane Carden will be the best quarterback they'll face all season.— Jeff Odom (@ByJeffOdom) October 8, 2014