BOWL COUNTDOWN | USF hopes to keep scoring streak going Thursday in Birmingham
WHO | South Carolina (6-6, 3-5 SEC) vs. South Florida (10-2, 7-1 American Athletic Conference)
WHERE | Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
WHEN | Thursday, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN)
SERIES | South Carolina leads 1-0 (South Carolina won 34-3 on Sept. 18, 2004)
WHAT TO WATCH | South Florida might be the best team you haven't heard about this season. Willie Taggart went 2-10 in his first season and completed the turnaround to 10-2 this year and departed for Oregon. USF's Gulf Coast Offense ranks fifth nationally in rushing (291.8 yards per game), seventh in scoring (43.6 points per game) and 10th in total offense (515.1 ypg). The Bulls, led by QB Quinton Flowers (above) and RB Marlon Mack, also have scored 30 points or more in 16 consecutive games — the nation’s longest current streak. David Reaves, Taggart's associate head coach and tight ends coach, will lead USF in the bowl game before the Charlie Strong era begins. The Bulls faces a South Carolina defense tied for 12th in the FBS with 25 takeaways and ranks 11th in red-zone defense. Reaves is familiar with the Gamecocks — he started his collegiate coaching career at South Carolina, working for Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier from 2002-08.
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