South Florida Bulls (5-0) vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-4)Date : 10/13/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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South Florida Bulls vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane
The undefeated South Florida Bulls will travel to Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to battle the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Friday night for a 7 pm start time. The Bulls are coming off a 58-42 road win over the UMass Minutemen as it would be a back and forth game to where the rushing attack carved out 365 yards on the ground in the victory. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane suffered the 41-26 road loss to the Houston Cougars on last Thursday as they played a great first half as they went in down by only four points at 17-13, however, would be outscored 24-13 in the second half en route to their fourth straight loss. These two teams last met on November 16, 2017 as the Bulls came away with the 27-20 victory, yet the Golden Hurricane covered the spread as 24 point road underdogs while the total of 65 points was not surpassed.
South Florida Bulls 's Latest Performance :
South Florida would extend their current winning streak as they went back and forth with the Minutemen of UMass in their last outing as the rushing game for the Bulls made the difference as Jordan Cronkite rushed for 302 yards and three scores in the win for a rushing attack that collected 365 yards for the day on a soft defense for the Minutemen. Blake Barnett threw for 209 yards, a TD, along with an interception while Tyre McCants led the receiving corps with 81 yards on four catches for South Florida. And despite committed 100 yards in penalties along with having two turnovers the Bulls put themselves in a position to win easily as they held a 51-28 lead with only ten minutes remaining in the game before UMass scored two late touchdowns to make the score more respectable. The defense for South Florida held UMass to only 2.5 yards per carry while their 46th ranked pass defense allowed 401 yards to their opponent yet would come out on top in the turnover battle as they collected five turnovers for the game.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane's Latest Performance :
Tulsa went up 10-0 in the first quarter in their loss to the Cougars last week as Seth Bonner found Keenan Johnson for a 33 yard touchdown pass while Nate Walker would tack on the field goal early to claim a lead for the Golden Hurricane; However, D’Eriq King threw three touchdown passes for the game while throwing for 165 yards along with two picks for Houston as they dominated in the second half on their way to the victory. Bonner also threw for 227 yards, a TD, along with an interception in the game while Johnson finished with 91 yards on five receptions. The rushing attack collected 199 yards for the game as Corey Taylor II obtained 152 yards and a score on 33 carries for the day in the loss. Tulsa went eight for 23 on third down conversions in the game while also committing three turnovers total despite holding the ball for over thirty five minutes for the contest. Their 112th ranked rush defense was exploited once again in giving up 314 yards to the Cougars for an 8.1 per rush average while holding King and the passing attack to only 6.1 yards per catch average. Linebacker Robert Revels III is still questionable for Friday’s matchup with an undisclosed injury while running back Shamari Brooks and quarterback Luke Skipper are also questionable for Tulsa in this matchup. Taylor also sustained an injury in Tulsa’s last outing and is uncertain for this matchup.
How South Florida Bulls & Tulsa Golden Hurricane Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
South Florida is 2-3 ATS while the OU is 2-3
Tulsa Golden Hurricane is 2-3 ATS while the OU is 1-4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Tulsa needs a win in which to build come confidence moving forward while the Bulls look to dash their hopes on Friday in picking up a conference win while picking up their six win in as many games. In all, they certainly have a great chance as the Golden Hurricane has really struggled not only in scoring period, lately, but, in stopping the rushing attack of their opponents as well. In all, look for this to be a competitive matchup, however, Tulsa must come out with fire at home or they will be blown off the field the South Florida and their punishing rushing attack.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: South Florida Bulls -7.5
My reason for the pick :
With the quarterback situation continuing to be in jeopardy for Tulsa at this critical point in the season, I will ride with the road team in this instance as the Bulls have proven that they can certainly win on the road as their average margin of victory in their two road games this year is eleven points. Furthermore, the Bulls are ranked in the top 30 in passing/rushing offense and will certainly do well in the rushing game with Tulsa ranking 112th in the nation in stopping the ground game for their opponents. And while their passing game has much potential, Tulsa is very solid in the back end of their defense in allowing only 173 yards per game. With that being said, the Bulls will win the battle within the trenches and will allow their running game to pull them through to yet another victory over Tulsa on Friday night.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 62.5
My reason for the prediction :
I see this game as being an over contest, particularly, with the Bulls putting up over 37 points per game while the Golden Hurricane giving up over 31 points per outing. And while the Bulls are stout in their pass defense, they are not very good in stopping the rushing attacks of their opponents this year as they are ranked 114th in the country. Tulsa, on the other hand, will feast on this truth as they will utilize their 37th ranked running game that is averaging over 200 yards per game to put some scores on the board, yet, not enough to cover the spread against a USF team with tons of momentum.
Betting trends for South Florida Bulls :
- Over is 5-0 in Bulls last 5 Friday games.
- Bulls are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Over is 8-1 in Bulls last 9 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
Betting trends for Tulsa Golden Hurricane:
- Golden Hurricane are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- Golden Hurricane are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
- Golden Hurricane are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game