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USF vs. Georgia Tech - 9/8/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0) at USF Bulls (1-0)
Date & Time Saturday September 8, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: USF Bulls +3 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0) at USF Bulls (1-0)
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and South Florida Bulls meet Saturday in college football action at Raymond James Stadium.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets look for a quick 2-0 start to the season after waxing Alcorn State, 41-0. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets haven’t won a road game since November of 2016. TaQuon Marshall is completing 50 percent of his passes for 104 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Marshall has at least one touchdown pass in six of his last eight games. Brad Stewart and Qua Searcy have combined for 85 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jalen Camp has two receptions. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ground game is averaging 439 yards per contest, and Jordan Mason leads the way with 85 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Georgia Tech is allowing zero points and 146 yards per game. Antwan Owens leads the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets with four tackles, Christian Campbell has one sack and Kaleb Oliver has one interception. 

The South Florida Bulls also look to improve to 2-0 after beating Elon, 34-14. The South Florida Bulls have won 10 of their last 11 home games. Blake Barnett is completing 70.6 percent of his passes for 305 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Barnett has five touchdown passes on 58 career pass attempts. Randall St. Felix and Darnell Salomon have combined for 220 receiving yards and one touchdown while Mitchell Wilcox has four receptions. The South Florida Bulls ground game is averaging 148 yards per contest, and Johnny Ford leads the way with 43 yards on eight carries. Defensively, South Florida is allowing 14 points and 234 yards per game. Jaymon Thomas leads the South Florida Bulls with 11 tackles, Rashawn Yates has one sack and Mike Hampton has one interception.

The Yellow Jackets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bulls are 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games in September and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Bulls last 6 home games and the under is 4-1 in Yellow Jackets last 5 non-conference games.

It's been a while since the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have won a road game and they're just 4-8-1 ATS in their last 13 road games. The South Florida Bulls have the atheltes that will help them stop the triple-option, and I'm sure they spent a lot of camp on how to defend it given that nobody is spending months on how to beat Elon. South Florida has been very good at home over the years and has speed across the board that is sure to give Georgia Tech some issues. We've seen the Yellow Jackets struggle when playing teams with elite speed and a different kind of athelte. I'll take a shot with the free field goal and USF at home.

South Florida Bulls +3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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