Houston vs. South Florida Predictions
Will unbeaten South Florida stay that way and also cover against Houston this afternoon at 3:45PM ET?
ODDSMAKERS LIKE: South Florida. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bulls are 10.5-point home favorites today against the Cougars, who also opened as a 10.5-point underdog. As for the total, the number hit the board at 59.5 but was bet down to 55 at the majority of online sports books.
THE PUBLIC LIKES: South Florida. With several hours to go before kickoff, public bettors are hammering the Bulls at a 73% clip. South Florida enters play with a 7-0 record and is 4-3 against the spread, while Houston is 4-3 straight up and 3-4 at the betting window.
HISTORICAL TRENDS LIKE: South Florida. The Bulls are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, are 4-1 at the betting window in their last five games overall, and are 4-1 against the number in their last six home games. On the other side, the Cougars are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall and 1-9 against the number in their last 10 conference games.
WHO WE LIKE: South Florida. I don't see the unscathed Bulls being tripped up at home today. The AAC East co-leader is motivated to stay ahead of Central Florida and in the AP poll in efforts to punch its ticket to a New Year's Day bowl. Yes, the Bulls let up after leading Tulane 34-7 last week to barely win 34-28, but that's good for today. Charlie Strong won't allow his team to let up against Houston, which has allowed 89 points in its last two games. Quentin Flowers and Co. should roll this afternoon in Tampa.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9 PICK: SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS -10 (buy the hook)