Bulls Look to “White Out” the Orange

By on October 9, 2015

The South Florida Bulls season is on the life support. With a loss to the Syracuse Orange on Saturday, the Bulls season will be all but officially season. To say this is a do or die game for the Bulls is an understatement.

The Bulls Need this win. The Bulls MUST win.

Taggert was criticized for his play calling in last weeks’ game against Memphis and took the blame for the loss after the game stating: “I could have done some things better for them to help them in the game.” The Bulls ran the ball 43 times last week for 178 yards while Quinton Flowers threw 26 times for a career high 199 yards.

Led by Marlon Mack, who has 392 rushing yards, the Bulls offensive identity is all about the run game. As a team, the Bulls have rushed the ball 175 times this year for 842 yards while only throwing the ball a total of 98 times.

If the Bulls wants a chance to defeat the Orange they will need to throw the ball. In other words, more play action passes and 3rd downs conversions, for which the Bulls rank 126 out 128 FBS teams.

The Orange are ranked 17th nationally against the run allowing 102 ypg. The secondary of the Orange is their biggest weakness giving up more than 320 ypg.

Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey (2) prepares to pitch the ball around Central Michigan Chippewas defensive lineman Blake Serpa (2)  at the Carrier Dome.  (photo by Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey (2) prepares to pitch the ball around Central Michigan Chippewas defensive lineman Blake Serpa (2) at the Carrier Dome. (photo by Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

The Orange will not be a pushover though. With the return of Eric Dungey, a dynamic playmaker who can throw and run, the Orange will try to confuse the Bulls by showing multiple formations and running play action passes to offset a rushing attack that is led by Ervin Phillips.

The Bulls, ranked 55th nationally in total defense, must stop a well-balanced Orange team that is averaging 188.3 rushing ypg, 162.5 passing ypg and scoring 32.75 ppg. For their part, the Orange must stop a Bulls offense that while averaging 273 total ypg, is capable of producing big plays with their tight ends and running backs.

It is homecoming weekend for the Bulls, a time of celebration and pageantry. Unfortunately for the Bulls, same story…different game. Bulls lose 31-21.

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