USF Bulls (1-2) vs. BYU Cougars (3-0)
September 25, 2021 10:15 pm EDT
The Line: BYU Cougars -23 / USF Bulls +23; Over/Under: 53
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The BYU Cougars meet the South Florida Bulls Saturday in week 4 college football action at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The South Florida Bulls look for another win to get to a .500 record. The BYU Cougars look for back-to-back 4-0 starts with a victory here.
The South Florida Bulls haven’t beaten a ranked team since October of 2016 when they beat Navy. Timmy McClain is completing 50 percent of his passes for 372 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Xavier Weaver and Mitchell Brinkman combined for 282 receiving yards and one touchdown while Latrell Williams has seven receptions. The South Florida Bulls ground game is averaging 151.3 yards per contest, and Brian Battie leads the way with 135 yards on 21 carries. Defensively, South Florida is allowing 34.7 points and 523.7 yards per game. Andrew Mims leads the South Florida Bulls with 23 tackles, Blake Green has 1.5 sacks and Brock Nichols has one interception.
The BYU Cougars have won 13 of their last 14 regular season games. Jaren Hall is completing 60 percent of his passes for 561 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Neil Pau’u and Gunner Romney have combined for 298 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Dallin Holker has three receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 176.3 yards per contest, and Tyler Allgeier leads the way with 265 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, BYU is allowing 16.7 points and 397.3 yards per game. Keenan Pili leads the BYU Cougars with 31 tackles, Payton Wilgar has 1.5 sacks and Hayden Livingston has one interception.
The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. INDEP. The Cougars are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. The over is 7-1-1 in Bulls last 9 games overall. The under is 6-0 in Cougars last 6 games overall.
The South Florida Bulls have not looked good on either side of the ball through three games and their inability to stop the run defensively will be their downfall here. The BYU Cougars haven’t missed a beat through three games, are coming off back-to-back wins over ranked teams and have to look at this game as a chance to add on some style points to an undefeated record. BYU is 9-5-1 against the spread in its last 15 games as a favorite of 20 or more points. USF isn’t a good team. I’ll lay the big number.