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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. South Florida Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/7/13

South Florida Bulls (2-9) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-6)

College Football: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -7 -- Over/Under: 46.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The South Florida Bulls head to Rutgers to play the Scarlet Knights on Saturday.

The Bulls fell to 2-9 overall, 2-5 AAC, after losing to Central Florida 23-20 last week. South Florida has lost 5 straight games after winning two straight in the middle of the season. Against Central Florida, the Bulls gained only 294 total yards with 83 coming on the ground. QB Bortles completed 17 of 26 passes for 219 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. WR Davis caught 7 balls for 87 yards, while WR Price caught 3 balls for 55 yards and a touchdown. RB Shaw carried the ball 21 times for 67 yards against Central Florida. South Florida turned it over twice, but the defense was able to force five turnovers against Central Florida. However, the Bulls were not able to take advantage of their miscues, while only giving up 296 yards in the loss. South Florida has been miserable on offense, averaging only 14.5 points per game which ranks 123rd in the country this season. The Bulls defense is allowing 28.4 points per game on average, which ranks 75th in the country. South Florida will be playing their final game of the year on the road; the Bulls are 1-3 on the road this season.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. South Florida Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/7/13

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights fell to 5-6 overall, 2-5 AAC, after losing to UConn 28-17 last weekend. Rutgers has lost three straight and 5 of their last 6 games after starting the year off 4-1. Against UConn, Rutgers gained 364 total yards with only 68 coming on the ground. QB Dodd completed 16 of 35 passes for 286 yards with 2 interceptions. WR Pratt caught 3 balls for 132 yards, while WR Peele caught 4 balls for 79 yards in the loss. RB James carried the ball 11 times for 49 yards for Rutgers, who turned the ball over 3 times against UConn. The Rutgers defense allowed 372 total yards and did not do a good job getting off the field on 3rd down last weekend. On the year, the Scarlet Knights have been average at best on both sides of the ball. Rutgers averages just over 27 points per game, which ranks 76th in the country. The defense is allowing 32 points per game, which ranks 94th in the country this season. This will be Rutgers final game of the season; the Scarlet Knights are 4-2 at home this season.

The wheels fell off for Rutgers at the mid-point of the season and they have not been able to recover since. South Florida has not played well all year and they couldn’t take advantage of a poor performance by Central Florida last week. I think these two teams are evenly matched, and I’ll take the points with the road dog.

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South Florida +7

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