Wisconsin Badgers vs. South Florida Bulls CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
South Florida Bulls (2-2) at Wisconsin Badgers (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Camp Randall Stadium)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -33 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The South Florida Bulls and Wisconsin Badgers play Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.
This will be the first road game for the South Florida Bulls, a young team that’s a shaky 2-2 and still trying to find itself. A lot of South Florida’s struggles start on the offensive end, as quarterback Mike White is completing just 39.3 percent of his passes and has two interceptions to two touchdowns. South Florida is averaging just 21.8 points and 293 yards per game. The lone bright spot for the Bulls offensively is freshman running back Marlon Mack, who has 502 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 89 carries. Marlon Mack is a tough dude to take down and has quickly become South Florida’s workhorse, as he’s coming off a 31-carry performance in a win over Connecticut. Defensively, the South Florida Bulls are allowing 376.3 yards per game and have forced 11 turnovers and 10 sacks. Jamie Byrd leads South Florida with 31 tackles and Nigel Harris has four tackles for loss.
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The Wisconsin Badgers are back on track since their opening week loss to LSU, and they’re currently the top rushing team in the country with an average of 359.7 yards per game. Melvin Gordon is leading the charge with 431 rushing yards and six touchdowns, but Tanner McEvoy and Corey Clement have both topped 200 rushing yards, and the Badgers are averaging an insane 7.8 yards per carry. Besides running the ball, Tanner McEvoy hasn’t had to do much at the quarterback position quite yet, but he does have to limit his four interceptions he’s thrown if the Badgers are going to have any success in conference play. Still, Wisconsin’s ground game is looking better than ever at the moment. Defensively, the Wisconsin Badgers are allowing 266 yards per game and have forced five turnovers and nine sacks. Michael Caputo leads Wisconsin with 21 tackles and Derek Landisch has two sacks.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 11-25-1 ATS in their last 37 games overall. The Badgers are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
I actually like South Florida in this spot. Sure, the Bulls have been horrible against subpar comp, but they have the star running back who can give them a few solid drives and help chew up the clock a bit. Also, while South Florida is extremely young, they still have some OK Florda talent and speed that could give Wisky some problems. Call me crazy, but I'm taking as many points as I can get here.