TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- With hopes of an undefeated season by the boards, 25th-ranked Bowling Green looks to end South Florida's school-record 18-game home winning streak on Saturday.
Bowling Green (8-1) suffered a 26-17 loss at Northern Illinois last week in a battle for first place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. The defeat snapped the Falcons' 11-game winning streak, which had been the second-longest active streak in the country.
Now, they face another difficult road assignment against South Florida, an independent which is quietly putting together a solid season and is hoping to earn a bowl bid.
South Florida's home winning streak is the second-longest in the country behind Miami, which has won 20 straight at the Orange Bowl.
In just their sixth year of fielding a team, the Bulls (7-2) play their home games at Raymond James Stadium, the home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. South Florida has an all-time record of 23-2 at the site.
South Florida may be the best team in the country no one has heard of. One of its victims this year was Northern Illinois, which suffered a 37-6 loss in September.
The Bulls, who join Conference USA next season, posted a 31-28 victory over Memphis last week to extend their overall winning streak to five games.
Marquel Blackwell is coming off a near-perfect performance, completing 24-of-26 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Memphis.
Bowling Green is the only Division I-A team to average more than 230 yards rushing and passing, but the offense short-circuited against Northern Illinois. The Falcons were held to just a field goal over the first three quarters and fell behind, 20-3, before trying to rally late.
Running back Joe Alls entered the game averaging 110 yards on the ground but was held to just 31 on 10 carries.
Under coach Urban Meyer, the Falcons are 6-0 against non-conference opponents and 3-0 following losses.