The Bulls’ football program has been headed in the wrong direction over the past few seasons with an 8-5 straight-up record in 2010 followed by a 5-7 mark in 2011 and another drop in 2012 to 3-9.
Things were pretty ugly in their final Big East campaign with just one SU conference win last year. South Florida ended the season with three straight losses by a combined score of 94-22 so the only way to go in 2013 is up.
Odds to Win AAC: 33/1 at Sportsbook
Regular Season Win Total: 5.5 at Sportsbook
Last year’s dismal effort cost Skip Holtz his job in South Florida so it will be up to Willie Taggart to turn things around. His claim to fame was turning Western Kentucky into a Sportsbook so expectations are running high for the new skipper. Quarterback B.J. Daniels has moved on so Matt Floyd should get the call to run the offense this season.
The Bulls' top two rushers from last season are gone as well, so look for Marcus Shaw to carry the load for the running game. No matter who is in the lineup on this side of the ball, they will have to do a better job finding the end zone after averaging just 20.6 points a game last year. One bright spot for Taggart on a defense that allowed an average of 27.4 points a game is the return of DeDe Lattimore and Ryne Giddins up front and Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins in the secondary.
The Bulls were also costly to wager on last season with a 2-8-2 record against the spread. They failed to cover in their final five games of the season and sported matching 1-4-1 ATS records at home and on the road. The total stayed UNDER in seven of their 11 games.
AAC Championship Odds at Sportsbook as of August 8
South Florida 33/1