The South Florida Bulls and former UConn coach Skip Holtz host the Huskies on Dec. 4
Last season: 8-5, 3-4 Big East
When the teams last met -- Dec. 4, 2009 -- UConn kicker Dave Teggart nailed a 42-yard field goal in the snow as time expired to seal a 29-27 win at Rentschler Field.
The teams usually win on their home fields. The last time UConn played at Raymond James Stadium, the teams were tied at 10 late in the third quarter but the Huskies scored just three points the rest of the way -- on a Teggart field goal -- and lost a heartbreaker,17-13.
Who's gone who's back: Previous head coach Jim Leavitt is gone. Leavitt started the program in 1995 but was fired last January after a school investigation into allegations he struck a player at halftime of game last year.
Skip Holtz comes to USF from East Carolina after going 34-23 as the coach at UConn during its I-AA years (1994-98).
Holtz is an offensive coach whose philosophies are sure to have an impact on the conference, but there will be growing pains first. The Bulls have to replace top running back Mike Ford, top receiver in Carlton Mitchell and of course, all-everything defensive end George Selvie.
On defense, Selvie and his partner on the other side, Jason Pierre-Paul, and defensive back Nate Allen were among five defensive players gone to the NFL. The Bulls will also be breaking in another defensive coordinator -- the third in his many years.
Offensively, B.J. Daniels is a dangerous dual-threat quarterback and his offensive line will be good. Dontavia Bogan and Sterling Griffin are capable receivers. Moise Plancher is expected to handle the primary ball-carrier duties.
The USF-UConn rivalry: South Florida holds a 4-3 edge over the Huskies, who won in '05, '07 and '09.
What's at stake: UConn hasn't won at South Florida and the Bulls are much more comfortable playing in the warmer temperatures at home in December than Connecticut.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun