South Florida vs. ECU Prediction
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, South Florida is favored on the road, as the Bulls are getting odds of -21 points against the Pirates. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 74 points. USF has won six of its last seven against ECU and the Bulls have covered the spread in five straight meetings. Today’s game takes place from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina. The game airs live on CBSSN.
East Carolina is coming off its first win, a 41-38 win at Connecticut last week. The Pirates are now 1-3 overall and 1-3 against the spread. ECU hasn’t been able to provide much resistance on defense this season. The Pirates are giving up 48 points and 624.8 yards per game thus far. Offensively, ECU is putting up 23 points and 427.3 yards per game. Thomas Sirk has thrown for 827 yards and four touchdowns to lead the passing attack while Davon Grayson has 24 receptions for 394 yards and four touchdowns.
South Florida is off to a 4-0 start following a 43-7 win against Temple last week. The Bulls are 2-2 against the spread, covering in their last two games. USF is putting up 40.8 points per game right now, as well as 493.8 yards per game. Their rushing attack has been tough to stop. Three players have over 300 rushing yards. Darius Tice is leading the way with 373 yards and six touchdowns while quarterback Quinton Flowers has 302 yards and four scores while also passing for 774 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, USF is allowing just 17.3 points and 263.8 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing just 66 yards per game.
South Florida failed to cover in its only road game this season, but still beat San Jose State by 20 points. I think the Bulls have gotten better in recent weeks and the offense is really clicking. The Bulls shouldn’t have any issue scoring points. The key will be for them to get stops, which I think they can do. ECU’s offense isn’t powerful enough where it should be able to keep up the scoring pace that USF will set. I like the Bulls to cover.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: SOUTH FLORIDA -21