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Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:14 pm

No. 18 USF looks to remain unbeaten against Cincinnati

The Associated Press

Cincinnati (2-4, 0-2 American) at No. 18 South Florida (5-0, 2-0), Saturday 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: South Florida by 24 .

Series Record: Cincinnati leads 8-6.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

South Florida seeks to extend the second-longest winning streak in the nation to 11 games, while also matching the best start in program history and retaining at least a share of first place in the American Athletic Conference East Division. Cincinnati has lost three straight by a combined 55 points.

KEY MATCHUP

USF dual-threat quarterback Quinton Flowers against a porous Cincinnati defense that hasn't done a good job stopping the run or pass, yielding 420.2 yards per game. The Bearcats have allowed 41.8 points per game in their four losses. Flowers spearheads a balanced attack that averages over 300 yards on the ground, 510 yards overall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cincinnati: QB Hayden Moore has thrown for 1,375 yards, 10 TDs and five interceptions. RB Gerrid Doaks leads the Bearcats in rushing with 223 yards and two TDs.

South Florida: In addition to Flowers, who has accounted for a school-record 91 TDs during his career, RBs Darius Tice and D'Ernest Johnson provide a nice one-two punch when the senior QB hands off. Tice has rushed for 438 yards and seven TDs. Johnson has 432 yards and four TDs.

FACTS & FIGURES

USF has scored at least 30 points in a nation-leading 22 straight games, one shy of the longest in college football since 1936. Oregon did it 23 consecutive times over the 2011 and 2012 seasons. ... Only reigning national champion Clemson (11) has a longer winning streak than USF's. ... Cincinnati has lost six straight AAC games dating to last season. The Bearcats are one of three teams still winless in conference play, along with UConn and Tulsa. ... USF has rushed for 300-plus yards in three consecutive games. ... Cincinnati's defense allowed UCF to score TDs on seven of the Knights' eight possessions last week. The game was stopped and later called off because of bad weather with 4 seconds left in the third quarter. Still, the Bearcats yielded 51 points and 515 yards on defense.

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