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Inside: The Week in Sports

College Football

South Florida stakes its claim as the beast of the new Big East • USC's Achilles' heel may be a depleted secondary • Arkansas's Nutt on hot seat

The NFL

Retooled Vikings still have a long way to go • Bucs cruising with a new Cadillac • Capers tries to shake up Texans • Top pick Alex Smith gets used to the bench

PHOTO

Photograph by Bill Frakes

ICEBREAKER

Linebacker Stephen Nicholas (51) and defensive end Josh Julmiste (91) lead their South Florida teammates in giving coach Jim Leavitt the cold shoulder after the Bulls upset No. 9 Louisville 45--14 last Saturday in the first Big East game for both schools.