East Carolina Pirates (1-1) at USF Bulls (3-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 22, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: USF Bulls -24 -- Over/Under:
The East Carolina Pirates and South Florida Bulls meet Saturday in college football action at Raymond James Stadium.
The East Carolina Pirates look to get a game above a .500 record and had an extra week to prepare after their game against Virginia Tech was canceled. The East Carolina Pirates have lost 10 of their last 11 road games. Reid Herring is completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 599 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Herring has four pass completions of 25-plus yards this season. Trevon Brown and Deondre Farrier have combined for 256 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Blake Proehl has 12 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 144 yards per contest, and Anthony Scott leads the way with 107 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 23.5 points and 332 yards per game. Davondre Robinson leads the East Carolina Pirates with 14 tackles, Nate Harvey has 1.5 sacks and Corey Seargent has three pass deflections.
The South Florida Bulls look for their third home win of the season to start 4-0 back-to-back years. The South Florida Bulls have won 11 of their last 12 home games. Blake Barnett is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 923 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Barnett has seven touchdown passes on his last 110 pass attempts. Randall St. Felix and Darnell Salomon have combined for 495 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Tyre McCants has 19 receptions. The South Florida Bulls ground game is averaging 194 yards per contest, and Jordan Cronkrite leads the way with 175 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, South Florida is allowing 23.7 points and 405.3 yards per game. Khalid McGee leads the South Florida Bulls with 34 tackles, Kevin Kegler has 2.5 sacks and Mike Hampton has one interception.
The Pirates are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 road games, 6-25-1 ATS in their last 32 conference games and 8-23-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Bulls are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games in September, 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The Pirates are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in South Florida, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The East Carolina Pirates have had an extra week to prepare for this game and are coming off a big upset win over the North Carolina Tar Heels. USF is unbeaten, but the Bulls needed a big fourth quarter comeback to beat Illinois and hasn't exactly blown the doors off any of the three teams they've played. You can move the ball on South Florida and Barnett has become a bit turnover prone all of a sudden. The South Florida Bulls have also failed to cover 10 of their last 16 games when favored by at least 17 points. I'll take the rested team that also has the best win of the season so far between these two clubs. Give me the East Carolina Pirates and the points.