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An extra point was the deciding factor in last year's 32-31 battle that turned into an instant classic.
"The atmosphere we had, it was so loud out there. It was tough to come out on the wrong side of that one," Thomas Vanasek said.
The Vikings hope to get on the right side tomorrow night. The overall series, which Augie leads 19-1, shifts to USF this year.
"It's something special. We have a motto, 'Protect The Bob.' We only lost here a few times and I've been a part of those losses and it's hurt. It means a lot. You just have to protect home turf and make sure we come out here fired up and ready to go," Hanna said.
Despite being the current keyholders, USF will have plenty to prove. Tickets have been going fast on the Cougars side, something that should help impress the dozens of recruits that will be on hand to watch.
"It is a great recruiting tool. Our fans, I know at least our side is sold out," Stugart said.
Both schools are coming off big wins. USF will be without starting quarterback Luke Papilion. Many expect Carrington Hanna to take over under center. As for Augie, they'll look to a solid defense to keep them in the game on that side of the ball.
"Just fired up. Just fired up to get it going. The week is already flying by. The games are going through. We just got to get healthy and get to it," Jerry Olszewski said.
We're less than 24 hours away now and you can tell the excitement level is on the rise.
"We know they have that key and we want it. We try and say it's just another game but it's got a little extra. At the end of the day it's only one loss or one win but there's also bragging rights on the end of it," Trey Heid said.
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