There's a circus coming to town this week, dressed in garnet and gold.
As the University of South Florida prepares to host No. 4 Florida State on Saturday, a host of new distractions come into play, distractions the Bulls likened to a "circus."
"These are the games you live for," LB Michael Lanaris said. "It's really exciting. You know the old saying, 'If you can't get up for this one, you don't have a heartbeat.' ''
With the national exposure of facing a highly ranked team, USF's players are committed to avoiding all the hoopla.
With plenty of FSU fans expected to be on hand, S JaQuez Jenkins said the motivation to protect USF's home field is easy to find.
"I'm sure the stadium is going to be sold out, full of FSU fans and full of South Florida fans and I can expect to hear the 'Noles chant as well," he said. "We're eager to step out on the field and experience it. … I've never liked (hearing other teams' fans at home), being that it is our house, hearing them rooting for their team. Anything that has anything to do with garnet and gold we really don't want to pay attention to."
BULLS BITS: The Big East announced USF's Oct. 6 game at Temple will be a noon kickoff in Philadelphia. … Jenkins, who was limited against Ball State with a back injury, said he was back to full speed at Monday's practice. ... CB Kayvon Webster (knee) should be healthy for the game against the Seminoles. "I think he's going to be fine," coach Skip Holtz said. … S Mark Joyce, who played against the Cardinals despite missing practice time last week, returned to practice. … LT Darrell Williams (ankle) should be good to go, according to Holtz.