Free Birmingham Bowl Prediction: Gamecocks vs Bulls Odds
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2016 Birmingham Bowl
(6-6) South Carolina Gamecocks vs. South Florida Bulls (10-2)
Date: Thursday, December 29th
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Venue: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
NCAA Football Spread: Off
NCAA Betting Total: Off
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Will Muschamp’s first season with South Carolina was a success. Not many expected this team to make it to a bowl game and low and behold they are going bowling.
The same could be said for South Florida as coach Willie Taggart was close to getting the boot, but the Bulls kept him around for one more year and 10 wins later he’s one of the hottest coaches in college football.
South Carolina Gamecocks
For better and for better worse, the Gamecocks were competitive in just about every game they played.
The good about that is they played, close, tough games against the likes of Texas A&M and Florida, but came up short. They even captured a notable win against preseason favorite Tennessee.
On the flip side, they won by the skin of their teeth against the likes of Vanderbilt, East Carolina, and Massachusetts.
Overall, though, a 6-6 record with a very young team is a positive sign for Muschamp going forward.
While the Gamecocks finished their season 4-2, their final game left a sour taste in their mouth’s as they were blown out of the water by Clemson 56-7.
Motivation will be high for this young team to finish the year with a winning record against a top 25 team in South Florida.
Willie Taggart was on the verge of getting fired this time last year. Taggart was on the hot seat and that seat is considerably cool now as he is getting offers to coach at other schools, currently.
The most notable being the one in Eugene, Oregon.
That’s the probably the most interesting and biggest question mark in this one. Will Taggart still be coaching South Florida by the time this bowl game rolls around?
If he does, I’m confident in South Florida notching a school record 11th win. If he doesn’t, then I probably still like South Florida, but not as confident.
Either way, Quintin Flowers will be quarterbacking this team and with Flowers leading the way; South Florida will put up points against this fairly stingy defense.
This South Carolina team isn’t anything South Florida hasn’t seen before. They put up over 30 points against Florida State and Temple. Granted, they lost both of those games, but their offense was still able to move the ball against those defenses.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- South Florida is 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games
- South Florida is 3-1 ATS in their last 4 games
- South Florida over is 4-1 in their last 5 games
- South Carolina is 0-3 ATS in their last 3 games
- South Carolina is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games
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This is an interesting game because I’m picking South Florida to win straight up, but this is a game you’ll want to monitor as the days progress. A lot can change that may very well influence the game.
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I’m assuming South Florida will be the favorite, but if the number gets too high, you might want to think about backing South Carolina.
Their defense might keep them in it and while their offense struggled for the majority of the year, against softer defenses they were able to put up points.
This might end up being a tighter than expected game.
2017 Birmingham Bowl Free Score Prediction: South Florida 30 – South Carolina 27
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