South Carolina vs. South Florida: Birmingham Bowl - 12/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USF Bulls (10-2) at South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6)
College Football: Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Legion Field)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +10.5 -- Over/Under: 63 See the Latest Odds
The South Florida Bulls and South Carolina Gamecocks square off Thursday afternoon in the college football Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field on ESPN.
The South Florida Bulls look to build on their best season ever with their first bowl win since 2010. The South Florida Bulls have never had an 11-game winning season. Quinton Flowers is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,551 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. Flowers has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Rodney Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have combined for more than 1,156 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Tyre McCants has 21 receptions. The South Florida Bulls ground game is averaging 291.7 yards per contest, and Flowers leads the way with 1,425 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, South Florida is allowing 31 points and 482.1 yards per game. Auggie Sanchez leads the South Florida Bulls with 108 tackles, Bruce Hector has four sacks and Deatrick Nichols has four interceptions.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks look to finish their season on a strong note after winning four of their last six games. The South Carolina Gamecocks have won four straight bowl games. Jake Bentley is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,030 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Bentley doesn’t have a touchdown pass in his last three games. Deebo Samuel and Hayden Hurst have combined for more than 1,123 receiving yards and zero touchdowns while Bryan Edwards has 38 receptions. The South Carolina Gamecocks ground game is averaging 138 yards per contest, and Rico Dowdle leads the way with 714 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, South Carolina is allowing 24.8 points and 407.2 yards per game. D.J. Smith leads the South Carolina Gamecocks with 73 tackles, Darius English has nine sacks and T.J. Holloman has three interceptions.
The Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in December and the over is 6-1 in Bulls last 7 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. The under is 3-0-1 in Gamecocks last 4 vs. AAC and the under is 5-1-1 in Gamecocks last 7 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
South Carolina finished the season playing its best football, which included wins over a ranked Tennessee team and Missouri. The Gamecocks are in decent form and should have a solid showing with this game taking place in Alabama. While South Florida is the better team overall after bullying its way through the AAC and winning 10 games for the first time in school history, you have to question how the leaving of coach Willie Taggart is going to impact the Bulls. Watching your head coach bolt for Oregon the second the offer is on the table could impact USF in a negitive way.
I'm going to take my points here with South Carolina.