TCU, USF make their presence felt

Originally Published: October 8, 2003
By Eric Crawford | Special to
It's a testament to the new-look Conference USA that its biggest marquee matchup so far this season will come Friday between a pair of teams who weren't in the league three years ago.

TCU, in its third season as a league member and first as defending conference champion, will travel to South Florida to take on the Bulls, who joined C-USA this season and have jumped out to a 2-0 conference start after going 4-0 against C-USA teams last season.

Both teams have significant streaks on the line. South Florida is coming off a 31-28 double-overtime win over Louisville, its 21st straight win in Raymond James Stadium, the second-longest home-field streak in Division I-A. TCU has won eight of its past nine C-USA games, seven in a row overall and 15 of its past 16.