Bowl Breakdown: Sun
Has a single play ever marked the turning point of a season more than Oregon quarterback
With uncertainty at quarterback, running back
Defensively, Oregon is vulnerable against the pass (250 yards per game), but
The Bulls are another team that once was in the driver's seat for a shot at the national championship. South Florida was No. 2 in the BCS rankings on Oct. 18 with its two toughest games -- Auburn and West Virginia -- already behind it. But USF lost to Rutgers, then UConn and Cincinnati, ruining any hopes of a major bowl. A three-game win streak helped salvage the year, and now the Bulls have a shot at 10 wins for the first time in its six-year I-A history.
South Florida's defense has plenty of speed and led the nation with 40 forced turnovers. Whoever plays quarterback for Oregon will have his hands full against this defense. And he'll likely become closely acquainted with sophomore defensive end
Oregon showed some life against Oregon State, but its season has taken such a nosedive since Dixon's injury, it is hard to see the Ducks regrouping against a talented USF team. Grothe will be able to move the ball against Oregon, and the Bulls' defense will make big plays against an inexperienced quarterback. This battle of former No. 2s will go to the Bulls.