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USF Looks To Open Season Red-Hot Yet Again

Expectations are high for the USF Bulls entering the 2017 season. With Quinton Flowers under center and Charlie Strong on the sideline, USF has the potential to win the AAC and go undefeated this year. The first step will be to open the season rolling like last season when the Bulls went 3-0 SU and ATS in their non-conference schedule. USF opens its slate of games at San Jose State on Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • San Jose State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games as an underdog of 20.0 or more.
  • USF is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games as favorite.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of USF’s last 7 games.

Flowers, the reigning AAC offensive player of the year, played phenomenally last season by throwing for 2,812 passing yards and adding 1,530 yards with his feet. Flowers will be without Rodney Adams and Marlon Mack but there appears to be enough depth for the team to be fine. The defense was terrible last season and that is why Strong was brought in. Seven of the team’s top nine tacklers are held over from 2016, giving Strong experience to work with.

San Jose State cleaned house after last season and brought in first-time head coach Brent Brennan. The 44-year-old spent 2005-2010 with the team in various roles on the offensive side of the ball. Who plays quarterback throughout the season is anyone’s guess with Josh Love, Montel Aaron, Sam Allen and Michael Carrillo all vying for the job.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the San Jose State Spartans as 21-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest. Watch for OVER/UNDER updates and superior underdogs lines at Bovada.

OddsShark computer score prediction models picked a possible 36-12 win for the Bulls early in the week. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

USF Bulls vs San Jose State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The USF Bulls will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Saturday, as they were 8-5 ATS versus the spread last season, while the San Jose State Spartans were 5-6 ATS. USF was 10-3 against the OVER/UNDER total, while San Jose State was 4-6-1 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Jose State vs USF injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 104 (San Jose State Spartans) and the No. 36 (USF Bulls) teams in the league, according to last season's NCAA football Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits San Jose State's No. 103-ranked offense, which averaged 24.42 PPG, against a USF defense that ranked No. 92 at 31.62 PPG. The San Jose State aerial game averaged 222.08 yards per game, less than the USF Bulls secondary allowed through the air, 285.54 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the USF Bulls owned the league's No. 76-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 188.67 yards per game when on the road. San Jose State, on the other hand, rated No. 47  in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, USF got a 105-yard performance from Quinton Flowers as a key part of its 46-39 win over South Carolina.

Deontae Cooper went over the 100-yard mark (126) in his team's most recent effort as San Jose State defeated Fresno State by a score of 16-14.

Next Betting Matchups

USF home to Stony Brook, Saturday, September 2
San Jose State home to Cal Poly, Saturday, September 2