Free Week 1 Prediction: Bulls vs Spartans Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) USF Bulls vs. San Jose State Spartans (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 26th
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: CEFCU Stadium, San Jose, California
NCAA Football Spread: Opened South Florida -20 / Now -22.5
NCAA Betting Total: 70.5
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USF is the consensus favourite in the AAC this season. They might be breaking in a new coach but most love the fit of Charlie Strong and the Bulls have a sleeper Heisman candidate in QB Quentin Flowers.
At San Jose State they are looking to improve but their goals are a little less lofty.
Their ceiling probably more like a .500 campaign with a bowl game at the end. They have a tough non-conference slate to start the season.
The Bulls won a program record 11 games last season and finished in the closing AP rankings for the first time in history – #19. It was a great season other than they lost their coach Willie Taggart prior to the bowl game.
Enter Strong and the locals could not be happier. He is comfortable in the Sunshine State from his time at Florida and after getting Texas out of his system there is a sense that long term success could happen in this marriage.
He has a great chance to get the program rolling to a strong start.
They are on the road but on offense and defense this a good group. Flowers is a one man wrecking crew at QB and Strong can get the defense to be even better with the athletes they have.
They might run the table through the regular season.
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New coach Brent Brennan is no stranger to the program but a bit of a surprise given that he was the receiver’s coach at Oregon State the last few seasons. That is generally not a stepping stone position to HC.
This is the first game of the season so it will be interesting to see how the offense performs. This is a rare group in that it returns all five offensive line starters (plus the TE) but no returning starters at the skill positions.
The defense is sprinkled with returnees but that group was not very strong a season ago. The best thing Brennan can do is give the program a shot of optimism. That is not likely enough in this situation.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 6-1 in Bulls last 7 games overall.
- Over is 6-1-1 in Bulls last 8 non-conference games.
- Over is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 road games.
- Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in August.
- Under is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 games in August.
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South Florida is easily installed as a big favorite here but there is a lot to unpack. First game of the season for both programs, cross country travel, two new head coaches. It is hard to know the unknowns.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: USF Bulls -20
I don’t normally like to be this chalky but I am going to side with the Bulls who we know a lot more about.
Strong may be new to USF but we know what we are going to get with that guy at the helm. Flowers is ready to explode on a any defense.
I just hope that the Bulls do not use the first half to find their bearings. Even if it wins up being an easy win I want this one to be decided by the middle of the second quarter, not to have to chase the number all game long.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: South Florida 49 – San Jose State 17
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