After a disappointing 0-2 start, USF looks to get its first win of the year when FCS program South Carolina State comes to town. The Bulldogs are coming into Tampa 2-0, with wins over a preseason FCS top-10 program (Wofford) and a Division II school that went 3-6 last season (Lane College). It’s hard to tell exactly what the Bulls will see from S.C. State, but we can look at their season numbers and some film from their upset of Wofford to learn more about the Bulldogs. As stated weekly, having a positive turnover margin and converting third downs are always huge factors in winning games. Last week we added field position to the mix. How do the Bulls and Bulldogs stack up in these areas? Neither team has been particularly good on third down. Offensively, both teams have fewer than ten third down conversions through two games. Defensively both have given up eleven conversions, with SC State defending one more third down than USF. There is a ten yard difference in average starting field position, with USF starting on their own 25 and S.C. State starting at their own 35 yard line. That discrepancy is some small part explained by the third factor in the Marino Rule Plus, turnovers. ...