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USF Closed Out Season on Hot Streak

USF NCAA Football

South Florida started the season rather poorly with a 1-3 record through their first four games, but the Bulls have since gone 7-1 and have won their past four. USF has also enjoyed success at the betting window during their current winning streak, going 4-0 ATS in their past four games. The Bulls will meet the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on December 21st in the Miami Beach Bowl.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Western Kentucky’s past eight games.
  • USF is 7-1 ATS in their past eight games following a win.
  • USF has only allowed 13 passing touchdowns compared to 15 interceptions this season.

Let’s just say what you have heard a million times by now—USF head coach Willie Taggert used to coach Western Kentucky.

USF quarterback Quinton Flowers has been a revelation for the Bulls with the sophomore accounting for 31 touchdowns and 2,906 offensive yards. In his past four games Flowers has thrown for 11 touchdowns, rushed for three and only has two turnovers.

Western Kentucky counters with one of the most prolific passers in college football in Brandon Doughty. The senior is second in the nation in passing yards (4,594) and first in touchdowns (45) and has thrown three or more touchdowns in 11-straight games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The South Florida Bulls were opened as 3-point underdogs at Bovada with that line remaining unchanged heading into the game. BetOnline has opened the total at 66, but has since jumped to 67 hours before game time.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Hilltoppers to win this game on Monday 44-35. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

For in-depth analysis of everything about the Miami Beach Bowl click here.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs South Florida Bulls Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

South Florida will face the 11-2 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, who own a 8-4-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the South Florida Bulls are 6-5 so far this season while the Hilltoppers are 8-4-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and South Florida vs Western Kentucky injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 32-rated South Florida Bulls and the No. 2-ranked Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, according to the NCAA College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the South Florida Bulls No. 40-ranked offense (33.5 PPG) against a Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defense that ranks No. 54 at 25.23 PPG. The South Florida Bulls passing attack has averaged 184.92 yards per game, less than the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers give up through the air (234 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers own the league's No. 54-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 168.43 yards per game when on the road. South Florida, on the other hand, rates No. 10 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Brandon Doughty's 410-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Western Kentucky earned a 45-28 win over Southern Miss on Saturday at L.T. Smith Stadium.

In their last game, South Florida got a 102-yard performance from Marlon Mack as a key part of its 44-3 win over Central Florida.