Friday, October 12 at 7:00 PM ET
No. 23 South Florida will have a chance to play under the bright Friday night lights, in front of a national television when they visit Tulsa.
South Florida Bulls
Jordan Cronkrite ran for 302 yards and three touchdowns to help South Florida beat UMass 58-42 last Saturday and improve to 5-0 for the second straight season. Blake Barnett completed 17 of 24 passes for 209 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception and Tyre McCants had four receptions for 81 yards and one touchdown.
The Bulls are averaging 274.0 passing yards (31st in the nation) and 213.4 rushing yards (32nd). South Florida ranks 32nd with 37.2 points per game and 60th with 25.2 points against. Blake Barnett has passed for 1308 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions, Jordan Cronkrite has 606 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 69 carries and Randall St. Felix has 21 receptions for 351 yards and one touchdown.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa led Houston 26-17 early in the fourth quarter but the Cougars scored 17 points in 91 seconds during a 24-0 run and won the game 41-26 last Thursday. Seth Boomer completed 13 of 31 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception, Corey Taylor II ran for 152 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries and Keenen Johnson caught five passes for 91 yards and one touchdown but Tulsa let Houston amass 312 yards on the ground.
The Golden Hurricane are averaging 190.8 passing yards (103rd in the nation) and 206.8 rushing yards (37th). Tulsa ranks 104th with 24.4 points per game and 92nd with 31.2 points against. Luke Skipper has passed for 716 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions, Corey Taylor II has 411 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 92 carries and Keenen Johnson has 18 receptions for 271 yards and two touchdowns.
College Football Trends:
The South Florida Bulls are:
8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record
8-2 ATS in their last 10 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game
7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a losing home record
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are:
0-4 ATS in their last four home games
0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win
0-4 ATS in their last four games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
Tulsa was playing the perfect game against Houston before falling under pressure in the fourth quarter. Can they generate a similar effort against another high-powered offense like South Florida? Tulsa will have no answer for Jordan Cronkrite, as they allow 209.2 rushing yards per game. Another strong game from Cronkrite should open things up for Blake Barnett, who has had relatively quiet games in the last couple of weeks.
There's too much uncertainty at quarterback for Tulsa. Freshman Seth Boomer might be under center for a second consecutive week after they benched sophomore Luke Skipper, leaving the defense as their only chance of pulling off the upset but they're allowing 31.2 points per game.
College Football Pick: South Florida -7 (-110) at Jazz Sports