South Florida Bulls vs. Connecticut Huskies Betting Preview
Where: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, East Hartford
When: Saturday, September 9, 10:30 AM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPNEWS
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Betting on the South Florida Bulls (2-0)
Charlie Strong’s record is unblemished so far with his new team. While it wasn’t smooth sailing, No. 19 South Florida still got the job done on Saturday, defeating a stubborn Stony Brook team, 31-17, to improve to 2-0 on the season. Strong and his boys look to hit the trifecta in East Hartford this coming Saturday, as they square off with the also unbeaten Connecticut.
Quinton Flowers had another solid game against Stony Brook, as the dual-threat quarterback passed for 186 yards (19-for-32) and two touchdowns with an interception, and led the team with 67 rushing yards on 18 carries. With Flowers orchestrating the offense, the Bulls have enough talent to overpower whatever it is the Huskies’ defense will throw South Florida’s way in East Hartford.
The Bulls have put up an average of 36.5 points in two games so far this season, and it doesn’t look like the Huskies are going to do that much to stop South Florida’s rampage considering that they’re just a week removed from having allowed the Holy Cross Crusaders from outgaining them, 447-438.
South Florida did a better job containing its opponent last week with Stony Brook coming up with only 220 total yards. The Bulls are going to build on the five-sack performance they had in that game, as they look to make Connecticut’s pocket a lot smaller this time around.
USF is 4-0 SU in its last four road games.
Betting on the Connecticut Huskies (1-0)
Connecticut is coming into this game as the underdog, but it could draw inspiration from previous South Florida opponents, who were also the ‘dogs in their respective matches with the Bulls yet managed to cover the point spread; Stony Brook covered as 35-point underdogs, while San Jose State hung enough to beat its 20-point spread in a 42-22 loss to Strong’s team in a game that saw the Spartans race to a 16-0 first-quarter lead.
South Florida seems to be starting games slowly, which Connecticut must be able to capitalize on if ever the Bulls take off rusty in the early goings once again.
A South Florida fightback will always be hard to fend off, but the Huskies rather jump on a lead early than not at all. That happening heavily depends on how well the Huskies’ offense will be or how long the Connecticut’s offense will keep the team’s questionable defense out of the field.
Against Holy Cross, quarterback David Pindell started and went 19 of 28 for 154 yards. He was replaced midgame by Bryant Sherrifs, who passed for 124 yards and a touchdown on 9 of 13 completions.
It’s not clear yet who’s going to start for the Huskies this Saturday, but regardless, that quarterback’s protection unit has to neutralize USF’s pass rush that currently leads the AAC with six sacks.
The under is 5-1 in Connecticut’s last six games overall.
South Florida (-17) coasts to a 41-21 win.
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