Raging Bulls

It took a last-second field goal for South Florida to secure a victory in a high-scoring affair last Friday, as the Bulls jumped seven spots to No. 12 in the rankings after beating a fellow Top 25 team.

Bet College Football Week 4

They're hoping things are a bit easier on Saturday, when they visit Florida International - owner of the worst-ranked offense in the Bowl Subdivision.

Oddsmakers from Sportsbook.com have made South Florida -29.5 point spread favorites (View College Football odds) for Saturday’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 67% of bets for this game have been placed on South Florida -29.5 (View College Football bet percentages).

After beating Central Florida 31-24 in overtime on Sept. 6, the Bulls appeared headed for more extra football last Friday against then-No. 13 Kansas, as the teams traded comebacks and went into the final minute tied at 34-34.

First, Kansas blew a 20-3 lead, allowing 31 straight points to South Florida (3-0). But the Bulls gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns and needed Maikon Bonani's 43-yard field goal as time expired to ensure their third consecutive 3-0 start and fourth straight win over a ranked opponent.

Matt Grothe threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing score, while standout defensive end George Selvie notched his first sack of the season. But the hero at the end was Bonani, a freshman in his first game as the team's kicker after junior Delbert Alvarado struggled to start the season.

"He's a great kicker. We saw it in practice," safety Nate Allen said. "We had confidence in him sitting over there. We didn't think it was going to overtime, and he nailed it."

USF coach Jim Leavitt toned down the excitement, however, hoping to keep his team grounded as it climbs the rankings. The Bulls started last season 6-0 and reached No. 2 in the country before losing three straight games.

"It's so early. I don't think one game makes a season," Leavitt said. "Our players have to keep it in perspective."

They'll also need to avoid a letdown against an FIU team that has won once in its last 26 games, including a pair of blowout losses to start this season.

After falling 40-10 at Kansas in their opener on Aug. 30, the Golden Panthers (0-2) lost 42-0 at Iowa on Sept. 6. Neither sophomore Wayne Younger nor junior Paul McCall has been effective at quarterback, and the team's 5.0 points and 178.5 yards per game both rank last in FBS.

Still, Leavitt and the Bulls have reason to be wary of FIU. Even as the Golden Panthers were en route to an 0-12 season in 2006, they nearly notched a road win at USF, which finished 9-4 that year.

On Sept. 9 that year, USF turned the ball over three times and trailed 20-7 at the half, needing a 29-yard touchdown pass from Grothe to Taurus Johnson with under three minutes to play to earn a 21-20 win in the schools' only meeting.

"I think we were thinking a little bit ahead," Grothe said. "Luckily we won that game. It was a little scary."

"We are expecting a 60-minute battle, if not more," Leavitt said. "We are going to have to play at a very high level to have a chance to win."

Not only is the game FIU's home opener, but it will also be the first contest at the new FIU Stadium as the Golden Panthers hope to follow the footsteps of USF as young Florida program seeking success.

"Obviously, it's a program under construction and development," athletic director Pete Garcia told the school's official Web site. "This is one of the first phases we're getting to and in the next few years there's going to be a lot of exciting things happening here."

Bet College Football Week 4

Did you like this article? Subscribe to our College Football news feed for the fastest updates delivered right to you - Click here to Subscribe

Recent NCAAF Discussions

Public buries sports books on Tue, Jan 2017 by Timmy1961
Pick Wiz Play 1/15 on Mon, Jan 2017 by Michael Cash
2nd half play ne/hou on Mon, Jan 2017 by Strakey
NFL Championship Betting News and Notes on Mon, Jan 2017 by Blade
NFL WKEND SIDES &OV/UN 8-0 on Mon, Jan 2017 by armyranger
Advertisement
Advertisement

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail 2018 National Championship Odds Despite losing to Clemson on Monday night, Alabama has opened as the favorites to win the 2018 College Football National Championship.
Thumbnail Title Game Spread Holding Steady After some initial movement, tonight’s college football playoff national championship point spread is holding steady hours before kickoff.
Thumbnail Clemson vs. Alabama Prediction Will Alabama cover tonight against Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship or will the Tigers pull off the upset?
Thumbnail Watson/Hurts Championship Props Which impact player will step up tonight in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game? Here’s some notable player prop odds for Clemson and...
Thumbnail CFB Championship Injury Report Will No. 1 Alabamaand No. 2 Clemsoncome into tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championshiphealthy? Here is the latest on the injury report.

NCAAF Headlines

  • MINNEAPOLIS (AP) New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has hired nine coaches for his staff, including offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca and defensive coordinator Robb Smith.
    The Golden Gophers a...
  • The University of Oregon has suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts las...
  • (STATS) - Furman will open the Clay Hendrix coaching era with a Sept. 2 trip to its oldest rival, Wofford.
    The opener is part of an 11-game schedule announced Tuesday.
    Furman and fellow S...
  • (STATS) - Southeastern Louisiana will seek to build on a successful season in its 11-game 2017 schedule that was announced Tuesday.
    The Lions, under coach Ron Roberts, reversed a 4-7 record in...
  • (STATS) - Wyoming secondary coach Curt Mallory is expected to be named Indiana State's new coach, according to reports.
    Mallory, 47, has never been a head coach. He is the son of former Indian...

NCAAF Team Pages