Tulsa at USF: 10/16/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Tulsa at USF: 10/16/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

USF Bulls (1-4) vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-4)

Game Info: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Raymond Jones Stadium to take on the South Florida Bulls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane improved to 2-4 on the season after defeating the Memphis Tigers, 35-29, this past Saturday. Tulsa had trouble slowing down the high-octane Memphis offense, however, the defense did come up with some key turnovers and the Golden Hurricane was able to pull away for the victory after a 63-yard TD reception by Josh Johnson gave Tulsa a 28-13 lead with 9:55 left in the 4th quarter. Tulsa outgained Memphis by a 614-417 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane was RB Shamari Brooks who had 126 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 26 carries.

On the season, Tulsa is averaging 24.3 ppg on 444.3 total yards per game (274.8 passing yds/g; 169.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Tulsa has been led by the RB duo of Shamari Brooks (86 att, 416 yards, 3 TD) & Anthony Watkins (34 att, 282 yards, 3 TD). QB Davis Brin has completed 58.2% of his passes for 1649 yards, 8 TD, & 8 INT. The top receiving threats for the Golden Hurricane have been Josh Johnson (34 rec, 481 yards, 2 TD), Sam Crawford Jr. (19 rec, 369 yards, 3 TD), JuanCarlos Santana (19 rec, 282 yards, TD), & Ezra Naylor II (9 rec, 165 yards, TD).

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Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 32.7 ppg on 433.0 total yards per game (285.7 passing yds/g; 147.3 rushing yds/g).

The South Florida Bulls lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 1-4 on the season after being defeated by the SMU Mustangs, 41-17, on October 2nd. South Florida had no answers for the SMU passing attack and could not fight back after SMU took a 27-10 lead late in the 3rd quarter. SMU was outgained by South Florida by a 463-336 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls was WR Jimmy Horn Jr. who had 5 receptions for 102 yards.

On the season, South Florida is averaging 20.4 ppg on 333.6 total yards per game (185.4 passing yds/g; 148.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, South Florida has been led by the RB duo of Brian Battie (31 att, 191 yards) & Jaren Mangham (57 att, 189 yards, 9 TD). QB Timmy McClain has completed 58.7% of his passes for 781 yards, 1 TD, & 2 INT while also rushing for 158 yards. The top receiving threats for McClain and the Bulls have been Xavier Weaver (17 rec, 328 yards, TD), Jimmy Horn Jr. (9 rec, 124 yards), & Demarcus Gregory (6 rec, 94 yards).

Defensively, South Florida is allowing their opponents to average 36.0 ppg on 496.4 total yards per game (277.8 passing yds/g; 218.6 rushing yds/g).

The Golden Hurricane are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference games and 29-11 ATS in their last 40 road games. The Bulls are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing record.

South Florida has struggled this season, however, I’m not overly sold on Tulsa this season as they Golden Hurricane have really taken a step back defensively this season as they come into this game ranked just 108th in scoring defense, giving up 32.7 ppg. South Florida has looked better since putting Timmy McClain under center and as I think the offense will be able to have some success at home against the Tulsa defense, I think the play here is to take the Bulls and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick South Florida Bulls +8.5

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