East Carolina at USF - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
East Carolina Pirates (2-3) at USF Bulls (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: USF Bulls -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The East Carolina Pirates and South Florida Bulls clash early Saturday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.
The East Carolina Pirates are desperate for a win to snap a three-game losing streak and get back to a .500 record. Philip Nelson is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 1,753 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Nelson has moved the chains 75 times through the air this season. Zay Jones and Jimmy Williams have combined for 1,162 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Quay Johnson has 30 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 131.2 yards per contest, and Anthony Scott leads the way with 286 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 31.6 points and 393.8 yards per game. Terrell Richardson leads the East Carolina Pirates with 31 tackles, Dayon Pratt has one sack and Travon Simmons has one interception.
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The South Florida Bulls hope for their third home victory of the season to build on their impressive 4-1 start to the season. Quinton Flowers is completing 53.9 percent of his passes for 1,072 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Flowers has two touchdown passes in his last three games. Rodney Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have combined for 523 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ryeshene Bronson has eight receptions. The South Florida Bulls ground game is averaging 251.4 yards per contest, and Flowers leads the way with 383 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, USF is allowing 26.4 points and 439.8 yards per game. Auggie Sanchez leads the South Florida Bulls with 48 tackles, Malik Dixon has one sack and Nigel Harris has one interception.
The Pirates are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bulls are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Pirates are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The past meetings have been close and well played, but that's when East Carolina was a good team and could get the job done defensively. The East Carolina Pirates have allowed 101 points in their last two games and are now running into a USF club that has offensive playmakers. The South Florida Bulls could really run away with this game kind of like they did in their previous home contests this season. Not to mention East Carolina has lost six of its last eight road games.
Give me the USF Bulls in a blowout.