Two teams still hoping to compete for the Big East title meet on Thursday when Rutgers hosts No. 23 South Florida at 7:30PM ET from
Bet South Florida at Rutgers South Florida is 6-2 on the season and 3-3 against the spread. The Bulls ended a two-game losing streak last week with a 30-19 win over
West Virginia. South Florida has won three road games this year, including wins at
Rutgers has won three straight over the Bulls and are also 6-2 on the season and 3-5 against the spread. The Knights have won two straight games, but like South Florida, have been beaten by
Pittsburgh this season. Both of
Rutgers losses have come at home.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com have made South Florida 1-point road favorites over
Rutgers on Thursday night. The over/under total for this game has been established at 45.5.
South Florida has the point spread odds in its favor, but Thursday’s matchup is pretty even. Both teams are posting about 30 points per-game on offense and giving up 17 points per-game on defense. The determining factor in this game could be
Rutgers success against the Bulls.
The last meeting in Rutgers Stadium was a 30-27 win for the Knights over the then second-ranked Bulls. The Knights are defensively going to look to stop the running game and force
South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels to beat them. Daniels has completed just 52 percent of his passes and has 10 touchdowns with six interceptions while averaging only 137 passing yards per-game.
South Florida, the Bulls have struggled against the run, so the Knights will have to rely on running back Joe Martinek to lead the way. Martinek has 601 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games. He is averaging five yards per-carry. If he is unable to get going, Tom Savage will have to step up. Savage is the better quarterback of the two teams and is capable of leading his team down the field.
Rutgers having steadier quarterback play and both teams having such even statistics, the Knights seem like the better pick given the point spread odds have them getting a point at home. South Florida wants to run the ball and that plays into
Rutgers strength. Trends show that the Knights have the edge in this series history and expect the same to continue on Thursday night.
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