The Bulls of South Florida Run Wild Against San Jose State

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Doug Upstone

Thursday, August 24, 2017 1:16 PM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 1:16 PM GMT

College football betting gets an even earlier start this season, with five Saturday games the week before the first major extravaganza on the first Saturday of September right before Labor Day.

One contest this Saturday we will be looking at is South Florida traveling 2,864 miles to San Jose State. The game will be on the CBS Sports Network with a 7:30 EDT start and the college football odds have USF as a 21.5-point favorite with a total of 69, which are both up considerably from -19 and 64 at BetOnline for openers.

 

South Florida Wins and Covers By ...

Charlie Strong landed on feet after being fired at Texas, taking over South Florida, which is off an 11-2 (8-5 ATS) campaign, is ranked 19th in the AP poll and is the favorite to win the AAC. The Bulls feature quarterback Quinton Flowers, who is a tremendous athlete and can destroy defensive containment. USF averaged 285.3 yards per game on the ground (5th nationally) in 2016; thus, it is not a stretch to think the Bulls will reach 300+ rushing yards against a San Jose State run defense that was 122nd last year and has holes in the defensive front seven. Toss the hard to figure 3-3-5 and 4-2-5 multiple defenses South Florida will use, and it sure seems like a big victory.

 

San Jose State Covers and Pulls Possible Upset By ...

Having never posted a winning season in Ron Caragher's four seasons, out he went and enter Brent Brennan as head coach for the Spartans. There is a very good chance San Jose State will be ready to play for its new coach, and it might keep the score reasonable in the first half. It is not likely the Spartans will win outright, yet with an offensive line that has made a combined 123 starts and USF being a fundamentally weak tackling squad a year ago, they could hang in. The strength of the defense is the secondary, and if they can prevent explosive plays and the offense adds 24 points, the Spartans could cover.

 

What To Watch For and Outcome

If this was not South Florida's first game with Strong as coach, I could see the Bulls being disinterested. But that is not case, and with Strong's defensive background he will be watching Bulls players closely for running to the ball and gang-tackling. When thinking about college football picks, look for Flowers to pile up the rushing yards and San Jose State to wear down and falter in the second half as the Bulls run wild.

Free NCAAF Pick: USF -21.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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