South Florida vs Tulsa: The NCAAF College Football South Florida Bulls vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Preview and Predictions by Gracenote on 10/09/2018 South Florida hopes to celebrate its return to the national rankings by improving to 6-0 for the second straight season when it visits Tulsa for an American Athletic Conference matchup Friday night.
Unbeaten South Florida looks to keep pace in a top-heavy AAC when it travels to face Tulsa on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The Bulls are 5-0 and averaging more than 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing — but they also allow 200-plus in each. In the latest USF vs. Tulsa odds, the Bulls are favored by seven points, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 61. Before you make any USF vs. Tulsa picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
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The model knows USF can beat teams on the ground, as it did Saturday against Massachusetts when Jordan Cronkite rushed for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 58-42 victory. Cronkrite ran for 129 yards on 15 carries in a 20-13 win over East Carolina, including the 80-yard winner in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Blake Barnette can also beat teams with his arm or his feet. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in a 48-37 win over Georgia Tech in Week 2 and tossed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Bulls rallied for a 25-19 win over Illinois.
Just because South Florida has been rolling offensively doesn’t mean the Bulls are a lock to cover Friday.
Tulsa is just 1-4, but each loss had substantial opportunities. The Golden Hurricane outgained Temple 368-300 but lost 31-17, led Arkansas State early but succumbed 29-20, lost to Texas 28-21 on a fourth-quarter Longhorns score and led Houston 26-17 in the fourth quarter before the Cougars went on a 24-0 spurt, including 17 points in 91 seconds.
In an effort to jump-start the offense, Tulsa went with freshman Seth Boomer at quarterback last weekend, replacing Luke Skipper. Boomer passed for 227 yards against Houston — 50 yards over the team’s season average — with one touchdown and one interception.
Tulsa does most of its damage on the ground, led by sophomores Shamari Brooks and Corey Taylor. Each has 92 carries and four touchdowns.