South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels sprained his right shoulder during the Bulls' 6-3 loss to Miami on Saturday, and his status for Friday's game against Louisville is uncertain.
If Daniels can't go, then it will be sophomore Bobby Eveld under center for USF. This season, Eveld has completed 17-of-32 passes for 144 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. He made his first career start in last season's regular season finale for the Bulls, a game they lost 19-16 to Connecticut.
I know we've already spent some time going over the various scenarios which would result in the Cards landing in the Orange Bowl, but here's the deal: Louisville beats South Florida on Friday and they clinch a share of the Big East title. Imagine laying that scenario out to your early October self.
If you would have shown me nothing but the participation reports from our 11 games this season (the ones overwhelmed by freshmen and sophomores), I would probably have guessed that we wouldn't have more than three wins right now. As it is, this team is a single victory away from a conference title. That's remarkable.
A lot of folks have asked me whether I think Cincinnati can lose again or West Virginia will be motivated enough to beat Pitt, but even if B.J. Daniels doesn't play, the most unlikely part of the equation that sends Louisville to the Orange Bowl is the Cards winning in Tampa on Friday. I'm not sure how some folks can forget that we have never won down there, and that more times than not we haven't even come close.
Skip Holtz has athletes everywhere and they aren't going to lie down so we can celebrate a title on their field. I'll be shocked if Friday isn't a heart-stopper for 60 minutes.