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South Florida Bulls at Michigan State Spartans Free Pick 9/7/13

South Florida Bulls (0-1) at Michigan State Spartans (1-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans -17.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The South Florida Bulls look to bounce back from an embarrasing week one showing as they travel to B1G country to face the 1-0 Michigan State Spartans.

South Florida struggled mightily last year, but still had some talent returning this season and had ambitions to get back to .500 for the first time in few years.  Their quest for a decent season got off to a ough start this past weekend, as they were dominated at home by 1-AA McNeese State.  The Bulls were outclassed, as McNeese ran off 31 unanswered 2nd half points and ran away with the contest 53-21.  Marcus Shaw was the lone bright spot for the Bulls, rushing for 145 yards and an 80 yard TD.  Bobby Eveld and Floyd split snaps under center and Eveld got the better of Floyd, tossing for 2 TDs on the night.  The South Florida D gave up 434 yards of total offense and committed multiple penalties for nearly 50 yards.

South Florida Bulls at Michigan State Spartans Free Pick 9/7/13

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Michigan State kept things interesting at home with Western Michigan before pulling away late 26-13.  The Spartans were frustrated with starter Andrew Maxwell’s inability to get things going and split snaps between Maxwell and backup Connor Cook.  Maxwell’s dismal 74 yards led the way for Sparty, who relied on their defense and two interceptions from Jarius Jones.  The Spartans finsihed with 297 yards, but held the Broncos to just 204 on the day with multiple 3 and outs.  If South Florida allows the same D who showed up against McNeese State to take the trip, then you can look for the Spartans to get things going on offense rather quickly.

The Spartans are the superior team here on both sides of the ball, despite their shortcomings on offense last week.  I like the Spartans to set the tone up front early and Maxwell to have his best game in recent memory against a porous South Florida secondary that is sure to give up 30 plus points in this one.  Expect Michigan State to focus all their attention on Marcus Shaw, making Eveld have to rely on his arm -- an arm that has been the model of inconsistency dating back to last year.  Sparty with the easy cover by 3-4 td's here.

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