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South Florida vs Pitt Betting Line and Analysis
The South Florida Bulls have come a very long way since the programís
inception. They started this year a perfect 5-0 before running into the
bulldozer that is the Cincinnati Bearcats. Led by freshman QB B.J. Daniels, this
is a team to be on the lookout for.
They will travel to face the Pittsburgh Panthers this week. The Panthers are a team that has started the year 6-1. Their lone loss came to North Carolina State by a single point. They beat Rutgers in what was a closer than expected game last week. Big East games mean the most for these teams, and you can expect both to play their hearts out.
South Florida is a gritty team. They have a strong defense that was able to get to and sack Heisman candidate Tony Pike last week. They kept the pressure on him and made his life difficult for a short while.
Unfortunately, Pike going down didnít help them. Sophomore QB Zac Collaras entered the game and ran all over the Bulls. They had game planned for a drop back passer like Pike, and got a scrambler in Collares. The offense had trouble. The offensive line didnít stand a chance last week, and QB B.J Daniels found himself scrambling out of the pocket on nearly every drive. The freshman was like Teflon, slipping sacks left and right. The experience made him a better player, and he should be prepared for Pittsburgh.
B.J. Daniels has been mostly successful since replacing Matt Grothe at QB. He led the team to a victory over Florida State by passing for 215 yards and 2 TDs. He also picked up 126 yards, with a long run of 44 yards on the ground. When I watched him last week I jokingly referred to him as ďMichael Vick JrĒ. He even sports Vicks number and calls him his favorite player. He has a strong group of WRs that includes Carlton Mitchell and Dontavia Bogan. The Bulls are also aided by RB Moise Plancher who has picked up 276 yards and 4 TDs on the ground so far this year. South Florida is more than ready to travel and take on the Panthers.
The Pittsburgh Panthers havenít won 7 of their first 8 games since Dan Marino was behind center. They are off to a hot start after contending for the Big East title last year. They have their eye on the prize once again. The defense has been strong and did very well against Rutgers. They gave up just 17 points and came up with 2 TOs. They picked off Rutgers QB Tom Savage while he was orchestrating a game winning drive. The offense hasnít been too bad either. Freshman RB Dion Lewis had 180 yards and 2 TDs for the Panthers against Rutgers. His longest run was 58 yards. QB Bill Stull did a good job by not turning the ball over while passing for 153 yards and a TD.
The Panthers have to avoid a slow start, something they couldnít do in a 24-21 victory over Connecticut in their last home game. They allowed the Huskies to score once in the second quarter, and twice in the third quarter, before shutting them down late in the game. The offense didnít get cranking until the second half, putting up 11 points in the 4th quarter. They won the game on a late FG. The Panthers allowed Louisville to get a similar early lead before blowing them out late. They may find that it wonít be so easy to come from behind against the South Florida Bulls.
It's difficult to get a handle on these teams based on who they have played. That's especially true in the case of South Florida. They did beat Florida State, but perhaps caught them in a down week, considering the up and down season the Noles have had. Then lost by 17 to Cinci. Pitt on the other hand, not dominating teams like we thought they might going into this season. They're winning, but barely. With that in mind, we see no reason this game doesn't follow suit. A close, even game decided in the 4th quarter. In which case, we'll gladly take +6.5 with the Bulls.
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