With another week now behind them, the Florida State Seminoles this Monday morning have started turning the page to the next opponent on their schedule: USF. Since they're doing that, we probably should here, too.

But before we meet the Bulls, the questions have to be raised: Has it hit you yet, Florida State fans? Has it begun to settle in that your team is 4-0, entering the second-softest stretch of its schedule and picking up steam among national viewers and poll voters?

Has it sunk in that just four games into the season, the talk about last year has finally faded? The Seminoles, and those writing about and talking about them, aren't referring to their immediate past anymore. All are focused on their immediate future. When there are any conversations raised these days about FSU's past, they begin and end with one era as a point of reference: the 1990s. You know, that decade that saw the Seminoles' only two national titles in school history.

Sure, coach Jimbo Fisher is trying to caution his team from looking too far ahead and would encourage his fans from doing the same. But it is pretty clear that right now that the growing and growing FSU bandwagon is well on its way toward something different; something special perhaps. Is Fisher in the middle of his finest hour at FSU?

Only time will tell.

Now let's meet those Bulls.


As we always do with these “Getting to know” blogs, we like to provide you with a group of newspaper reporters you MUST follow throughout the week for information from the other team in the lead-up to Saturday’s game.

With two major metropolitan newspapers in Tampa/St. Petersburg, we have quiet the nice selection this week.

Definitely make sure you check out the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman all this week and if you aren't already, follow him on Twitter (@gregauman). Not only is he a quality follow on all things USF, but Greg also is a solid college football follow. He has an AP Poll vote, and each week he blogs about his picks. Definitely a worthy read for FSU fans curious to get in the mind of a current AP voter.

Also, make sure you follow the Tampa Tribune's coverage from Joey Johnston. Another solid follow on Twitter (@JJohnstonTrib), Joey tweeted Sunday that with its No. 4 ranking, FSU will be the highest-ranked opponent to face the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium.


With all of that out of the way, let’s get to know the 2012 USF Bulls:

No. 4 Florida State at South Florida, 6 p.m., Saturday, ESPN … Second meeting. Bulls lead the all-time series 1-0. USF won the previous meeting in 2009, 17-7.



2012 record: 2-2, Lost at Ball State (31-27) Saturday

Coach: After head-coaching stops at Connecticut and East Carolina, Skip Holtz came to USF in 2010 following former coach Jim Leavitt's drama-filled ouster. While Holtz has been able to make headlines about the abrupt transition disappear, he hasn't been able to turn the corner toward the greatness it once appeared to be nearing. Although he led the Bulls to an eight-win 2010, the team fell flat last season, slipping to a 5-7 record that followed a 4-0 start.

USF’s 2012 stats:

Rushing yards per game: 148.75