Best Case/Worst Case rewind: South Florida

Time to roll on with a look back on each team's preseason Best Case/Worst Case scenarios and how those stacked up with reality. Today: South Florida.

Best Case in a nutshell: A 10-2 season, followed by an Orange Bowl win.

Worst Case in a nutshell: A 5-7 record marred by passing game problems.

Reality: The Bulls finished 8-5 with a win over Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Analysis: It sure looked like USF was headed toward the Worst Case projection the first half of the year, as B.J. Daniels struggled and the offense lacked playmakers in the passing game. The Bulls were 3-3 and 0-2 in the Big East after an Oct. 14 loss at West Virginia. But then they responded with three straight close wins and were playing about as well as any team in the league down the stretch. Given the team's youth and the coaching transition to Skip Holtz, an eight-win season -- including a victory over Miami -- was pretty close to a Best Case scenario.