FSU vs USF College Football Preview

USF is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011 and has a chance to make a move in the polls this Saturday when they host the 14th-ranked Florida State Seminoles. The Bulls rallied to win 45-20 at Syracuse last week while Florida State arrives after being embarrassed 63-20 at Louisville.

The Bulls averaged almost 50 points in the first three games and lean on running back Marlon Mack, along with quarterback Quinton Flowers and receiver Rodney Adams. The Seminoles will have to be much better defensively than last Saturday, when they allowed 314 yards rushing, if they are to avoid consecutive losses for the first time since 2011.

When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 24, 2016
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
TV: ABC
Betting Line: Florida State –7
Total: 63

About Florida State Seminoles (2-1):

Last time out for Florida State, they were a 63-20 loser as they battled Cardinals on the road. Florida State failed to cover in the match as a -1-point favorite, while 83 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Junior running back Dalvin Cook came into the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate, but has not been as dominant as expected with 228 yards rushing in three games. Freshman quarterback Deondre Francois has thrown for 782 yards and six scores in the early going and has solid veteran receiving threats in Travis Rudolph (15 catches, 219 yards, three TDs) and Jesus “Bobo” Wilson (14, 186). The underachieving defense is without one of its top performers as safety Derwin James is lost for five to seven weeks after knee surgery.

Team record: 2-1 SU,1-2 ATS
Florida State is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Florida State is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
Seminoles are 18-4 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Florida State is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
Florida State is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida State’s last 6 games on the road
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About South Florida Bulls (3-0):

In their last action, USF was a 45-20 winner on the road against Orange. They covered the -12.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (65) was profitable news for UNDER bettors

The Bulls showed character last week by digging out of an early 17-0 hole with a big day from Adams, who ran for two scores and caught a touchdown pass. Flowers has been outstanding the last two weeks while completing 33-for-57 passes for five TDs and no interceptions, and has run for 150 yards in three games. Mack returned last week after missing a game with concussion symptoms to rush for 115 yards with a pair of touchdowns, and leads a ground attack averaging 247 yards (5.9 per attempt) with 10 total TDs from four different players.

Team record: 3-0 SU,3-0 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
South Florida is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
South Florida is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of South Florida’s last 7 games
South Florida is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of South Florida’s last 7 games
South Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of South Florida’s last 5 games at home

Florida State vs South Florida Prediction:

The Seminoles defense was a wreck last week and that is not something that can just be turned around in one week. The worst thing about the defense is they can’t stop the run because they are soft. A bunch of athletes but not football players. South Florida will be able to move the ball on Florida State. The question will be the FSU defense. Can they limit the Seminoles big plays? I think they will be able to and come out of this game with one of the big wins in school history. Taking the FSU Bulls on the money line and the spread. 80% on FSU +7 & 20% on FSU money line at +180.

Florida State vs South Florida Pick: USF on money line & points.