Houston Cougars (4-3) at USF Bulls (7-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 28, 2017, 3:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: USF Bulls -10.5 -- Over/Under:
The Houston Cougars and South Florida Bulls meet Saturday in college football action at Raymond James Stadium on ESPNU.
The Houston Cougars could use a spark of consistency here after splitting their last six games. The Houston Cougars have split their last eight road games. Kyle Postma is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 1,120 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Kyle Allen and Postma have combined for nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. Steven Dunbar and Linell Bonner have combined for 979 receiving yards and four touchdowns while D'Eriq King has 29 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 172.8 yards per contest, and Duke Catalon leads the way with 496 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 24 points and 417 yards per game. D'Juan Hines leads the Houston Cougars with 66 tackles, Emeke Egbule has two sacks and Garrett Davis has four interceptions.
The South Florida Bulls look to improve to 8-0 on the season to remain in the drivers seat for an AAC crown. The South Florida Bulls have won eight straight home games. Quinton Flowers is completing 51.7 percent of his passes for 1,245 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Flowers has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 15 games. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Tyre McCants have combined for 585 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Darnell Salomon has 13 receptions. The South Florida Bulls ground game is averaging 305.1 yards per contest, and Darius Tice leads the way with 634 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, USF is allowing 18.7 points and 308.1 yards per game. Auggie Sanchez leads the South Florida Bulls with 47 tackles, Bruce Hector has four sacks and Devin Abraham has three interceptions.
The Cougars are 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 road games, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 10-4 in Bulls last 14 home games and the under is 7-1 in Cougars last 8 games overall.
Houston has had issues defensively the past two weeks, allowing a combined 87 points, and the Cougars overall have had trouble against the better teams they've faced this season. Well, USF is argubly the best team Houston will face all season long, a team that's scored no less than 31 points this season and has won six of its seven games by double digits. Based on what we've seen from the Houston Cougars as of late, it's hard seeing this game being any different for the South Florida Bulls. Look for the home team to score a lot of points and for the Cougars to ware down over time.