Birmingham Bowl USF Vs South Carolina Spread & ATS Pick

Florida Vs South Carolina Odds & Predictions

Birmingham Bowl USF Vs South Carolina Spread & ATS Pick

The South Florida Bulls and South Carolina Gamecocks will both look to cap off their seasons with a big victory when they square off in the 2016 Birmingham Bowl. The 11th annual edition of this bowl game will be played on at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 2:00 PM ET while airing live on ESPN.

Now, let’s find out which team is offering the most value in this contest.

South Florida Bulls Vs South Carolina Gamecocks Birmingham Bowl Spread & ATS Pick

Birmingham Bowl
Who: South Florida Bulls (10-2) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6)
When: Thursday, December 29, 2016
Start Time: 2:00 PM ET
Where: Birmingham, AL
Stadium: Legion Field
Spread: USF -10
Moneyline: USF -420 vs South Carolina +335
Game Total: 62.5
Watch: ESPN
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Why Bet The South Florida Bulls To Beat The Gamecocks

The Bulls have won four straight and come into this contest off a resounding 48-31 win over Central Florida in their regular-season finale.

The Bulls average a whopping 43.5 points per game to rank a stupendous seventh nationally in scoring and will look to reach 11 wins for the first time in program history.

Quarterback Quinton Flowers is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,551 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wide receivers Rodney Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have combined for more than 1,156 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Flowers led the Bulls in rushing with a stellar 1,425 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Defensively, South Florida gave up a generous 31.0 points per game to rank an uninspiring 86th nationally in points allowed.

Why Bet The Gamecocks to Beat the Bulls

South Carolina lost two of their final three games and come into their bowl game matchup off a pitiful 56-7 blowout loss against No. 3 Clemson in their finale.

The Gamecocks average a paltry 19.2 points per game to rank an uninspiring 122nd in scoring nationally but have won four straight bowl games.

Quarterback Jake Bentley is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,030 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions since becoming the starting quarterback. Bentley however, doesn’t have a touchdown pass in his last three games.

Wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Hayden Hurst have combined for more than 1,123 receiving yards but no touchdown grabs while running back Rico Dowdle rushed for a team-high 714 yards and six touchdowns.

Defensively, South Carolina is giving up 24.8 points per game to rank a respectable 45th in points allowed nationally.

Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction

Maybe it’s me, but I have no idea why 55 percent of the betting public likes South Carolina to cover the spread, but I sure don’t.

The Gamecocks have the talent to hand the Bulls, but they’re as offensively-challenged as any team in the country and South Florida can put points on the board with the most explosive offenses in the country.

I like the fact that the Bulls are shooting for their first 11-win season and have plenty of motivation to show they can play with any team in the country, no matter what conference they hail from.

The Bulls are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games while South Carolina has gone 2-5 ATS in their last seven games and just 8-15 SU in their last 23 games. South Florida gets the win and super narrow ATS cover!

My final score prediction is South Florida 31 South Carolina 20