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South Florida vs. Temple Pick – NCAAF Week 8

The South Florida Bulls have had a quiet, yet productive season in 2016. They aren’t going to be featured on too many highlight reels, or talked about in roundtable discussion, but South Florida has accumulated a nice 6-1 record through the first seven games of the season. The Bulls travel down the east coast to Philadelphia where they have a meeting with the Temple Owls on Friday night. Temple were a breakout star last season, a campaign that saw them among the top 25 for a significant portion of the year. After dropping an important meeting to Notre Dame, Temple’s hopes were pretty well dashed. The Owls put forth a trying effort against the Fighting Irish but lost, which derailed the rest of their campaign. Temple fell right on their face to open the 2016 season, as they got beat up by Army in the opener, 28-13.

Temple look unprepared to face the triple-option and were able to catch them off guard. The Owls added four wins since then and hold a record of 4-3 heading into their Friday night battle with South Florida. Years ago a 4-3 start for Temple would have been a thing of beauty, but after they lost just three games all of last season, expectations come the following season. The Owls haven’t met those expectations, but they are a far better team than they were some years ago. They’re a team who can make something of a ball game and stay competitive. Is anybody going to be turning a Temple game on during a Saturday college football card? No, not unless there is money on the line or you’re a hardcore Temple fan.

South Florida will look to advance to 7-1 on the season, as they try and get some recognition playing in state with the Seminoles, Hurricanes, and Gators. With that kind of company, it’s tough to much attention, even with a record of 6-1. South Florida’s highlight win came against Syracuse and Cincinnati on the road. Not the most gleaming accolades, but we just saw how good Syracuse can be at home, after taking Virginia Tech down. A 45-20 win over Cincinnati on the road is also a notable win. Their only loss came against Florida State, a 55-35, drubbing at the hands of the Seminoles. The Bulls come in as -6.5 favorites and are expected to advance to 7-1. We will see if Temple is up to the task on Friday night.

South Florida Bulls vs. Temple Owls NCAAF Betting Odds:

Spread:
South Florida -6.5(-110)
vs. Temple +6.5(-110)

Total:
Over 59.5(-110)
Under 59.5(-110)

Odds provided by Bovada.lv

South Florida vs. Temple Pick:

South Florida has some talent on offense, and is actually one of the more underrated offenses in college football. No one has been exposed to the Bulls much this season, so it’s easy to be clueless about this team. We come into play especially in games like this where you may not be as familiar with South Florida as the bigger schools. If you’ve watched the Bulls, you’ve come to find that they have an above average offensive unit. South Florida is spearheaded by the ultra-talented dual-threat quarterback Quinton Flowers.

This is Flower’s second season as the starter in his junior year at South Florida. He passed for 22 touchdowns with just 8 interceptions last season, including 991 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Flowers currently has 13 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 655 yards rushing, and 7 touchdowns. Yes, he is one of the more underrated quarterbacks you will find in college football. The South Florida Bulls have been humming on offense, scoring 44.1 points per game, which is 8th in all of college football. They show it yardage wise as well, averaging 506 yards per game, 15th in the country.

Thanks to Flowers ability to run, South Florida has been gashing teams on the ground, rushing for 284.4 yards per game, which is 3rd in the country. Temple will probably have to keep pace with South Florida in this game, because I am the belief that the Owls will not be able to slow down their offense. Temple has averaged 32 points per game. I don’t necessarily believe that this is going to be some wild shootout, but 59.5 points looks awfully low, especially a game featuring South Florida. A 37-28 or 34-31 final looks pretty reasonable tonight. This leads me to a play on the OVER.

PICK: OVER 59.5 POINTS (-110)