South Florida Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels (7) Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
Coming off a 5-7 season, Skip Holtz says he doesn't think about the pressure on him to succeed this year at USF. With 45 returning lettermen, the Bulls boast one of the rare veteran units in the Big East. That's why they are walking in as one of the favorites to win the conference.
If they are to win their first Big East crown, they got on the right track by simply winning their first game of the season, 34-13, over UT-Chattanooga. It didn't count toward their conference record, but the victory did set the tone for quarterback BJ Daniels, who threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
At first, the Bulls started off their offensive attack with deke and dunk passes early in the contest. But Daniels opened things up with touchdown completions of 19 yards to Derrick Hopkins, 38 yards to Terrence Mitchell, and 39 yards to Sterling Griffin.
The USF senior quarterback was 12 of 14 at one point in the contest, and went on to finish 17 of 26 passing.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.