USF vs. BYU - 10/12/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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BYU Cougars (2-3) at USF Bulls (2-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: USF Bulls +5 -- Over/Under: 50 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The BYU Cougars and South Florida Bulls meet Saturday in college football action at Raymond James Stadium.
The BYU Cougars need a strong road victory to get back to a .500 record. The BYU Cougars have lost four of their last six road games. Zach Wilson is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 1,312 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Wilson has five touchdown passes in his last four games. Aleva Hifo and Micah Simon have combined for 550 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Matt Bushman has 18 receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 102 yards per contest, and Ty'Son Williams leads the way with 264 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, BYU is allowing 31.2 points and 432.6 yards per game. Kavika Fonua leads the BYU Cougars with 44 tackles, Uriah Leiataua has one sack and Payton Wilgar has two interceptions.
The South Florida Bulls look for a nice home win after splitting their last four games. The South Florida Bulls have lost five of their last six home games. Blake Barnett is completing 51.9 percent of his passes for 434 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Barnett and Jordan McCloud have combined for 11 touchdown passes and six interceptions. Mitchell Wilcox and Johnny Ford combined for 327 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Bryce Miller has 10 receptions. The South Florida Bulls ground game is averaging 140.6 yards per contest, and Jordan Cronkrite leads the way with 224 yards and on 53 carries. Defensively, South Florida is allowing 29.8 points and 372 yards per game. Patrick Macon leads the South Florida Bulls with 35 tackles, Greg Reaves has two sacks and KJ Sails has one interception.
The Cougars are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in October and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in October and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games. The over is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 games in October. The under is 27-12 in Cougars last 39 games overall.
The BYU Cougars have covered six of their last nine games as a road favorite. The South Florida Bulls have failed to cover five of their last six games as a home underdog. It's been an up and down year for BYU, as the overtime wins over Tennessee and USC look good, but getting waxed by Washington and losing to Toledo makes you question which Cougars team is going to show up. Outside of wins over South Carolina State and UConn, two teams that aren't good, the South Florida Bulls haven't done anything to write home about and that defense can really struggle to get off the field. This is a tough game to predict, but South Florida has the better athletes and was a team that was supposed to make some noise this season. Maybe blasting UConn is a sign of a turnaround? I'll take my chances with the Bulls and the free points at home.