The South Florida Bulls head into Week 4 of the college football schedule with a 3-0 record on their resume. It hasn’t been without blemishes, though. They started out slow against San Jose State in the opener, with some people calling for Charlie Strong’s head in the 1st quarter. After shaking off some jitters, the Bulls took a new course and won for a 42-22 final.
USF had a complete effort against Illinois last week, beating them by a score of 47-23. In Week 2, they looked disinterested against Stony Brook and got by with a 31-17 victory. I think 21st in the country is a perfect spot for them at the moment. Struggling against San Jose State, even for a half, isn’t particularly impressive for voters. Also, a 31-17 win against Stony Brook isn’t going to do anything.
With that said, a win over Temple isn’t going to do much for their ranking either. Maybe a couple of years ago it would have, but this isn’t the same ranked Temple team from then. In fact, a blowout won’t have much have an impact. South Florida really does not have a difficult schedule to traverse. It isn’t going to be until Houston on October 28th that they’re going to earn a win that can send them higher in the polls. After that game, the Bulls have UConn, Tulsa, and UCF on deck. In other words, this is one easy schedule for USF.
Charlie Strong lucked out getting this schedule in his first-year at the controls on the sideline. He could only dream of getting something like this at Texas. A perfect record with this schedule isn’t going to bump them into the playoff, no matter what they do. However, they can still vie for a New Year’s Six bowl.
There isn’t anyway you can keep them out if they finish with a 12-0 record, including the AAC Championship. Temple turned in a new coaching staff this offseason, and there was some high player turnover. It’s shown thus far, with a blowout loss to Notre Dame and near wins against Villanova and UMass. Interesting matchup on Thursday night. This is one of those games where USF has to hammer the opposition to get any respect. We’ll see if they can do it back home after the hurricane. Get our free Temple vs. South Florida pick below.
Temple Owls vs. South Florida Bulls Betting Odds:
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Temple vs. South Florida Pick:
Quarterback Quinton Flowers is looking for a top-tier bowl game, while parlaying it into a selection in the NFL draft. Flowers is a dynamic player who will probably have a chance in the NFL. Whether he finds success is another question, but we can say he’s always a threat to find a touchdown when he has the ball. Flowers has the ability to limit turnovers and play mistake-free football. If he wants success in the NFL, though, he must work on his accuracy. He completed 62.5 percent of passes in 2016, and is hitting 55.6 percent through the first three weeks. NFL scouts would like to see something in the mid-60’s so there is work to do there.
Nevertheless, Flowers has been the catalyst for the Bulls again this season. The senior has a total of 10 touchdowns, including 8 passing and 2 rushing. Flowers also has 243 yards rushing. He accumulated a whopping 1,527 yards on the ground a year ago. Temple hasn’t shown the ability to stop the run in 2017, after losing playmakers on the defensive side. Notre Dame ran for 431 yards on Temple to open the season. Despite beating Villanova and UMass, they were outgained by 49 and 71 yards.
South Florida didn’t get off to the fastest start, but I think last week was a turning point for them. It looked like they shook the rust off and started playing like we thought they would. Flowers had 4 touchdown passes, including 106 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground. I expect another big week for him against a vulnerable Temple defense. The end result should be something similar as well. I like South Florida to roll here and cover the number on Thursday.