Since head coach Charlie Strong took over, the No. 21 South Florida Bulls are off to a 3-0 start, and its pursuit of a first-ever conference title begins Thursday night as it hosts Temple.
The Week 4 college football spread favors USF by 19.5-points. Kick-off is this Thursday, September 21st at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN from the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.
The Bulls have a short week for the second game in a row, having played Illinois on Friday night, when it pulled away to an easy 47-23 victory, with 680 yards of total offense. Temple handed USF one of its two losses last season, rushing for 319 yards in a 46-30 win that kept the Bulls from playing for a conference title.
Temple Owls Vs South Florida Bulls College Football Week 4 Spread & ATS Pick
What: Temple Owls (2-1) at No. 21 South Florida Bulls (3-0)
When: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Tampa, FL
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Spread: South Florida -19.5
Moneyline: Temple -800 Vs USF +1000
Game Total: 58.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Temple vs South Florida
Why Bet The Temple Owls To Beat The Bulls
Temple’s wins haven’t come easy. The Owls saw a 13-0 lead disappear against FCS program Villanova, needing a late field goal to escape with a 16-13 win. They, they stayed close in a 29-21 win against a 0-4 Massachusetts team.
The Owls are averaging 20.3 points per game this season and that includes the 29 points they put up against UMass. Good news is that the Bulls’ offense put up 387 total yards, including 119 rushing yards. Temple’s leading rusher has just 177 yards, but that’s Ryquell Armstead, who went 210 yards in last year’s Temple win against the Bulls.
Temple has been money for betting backers while playing on short weeks. They are 4-0 against the spread in their last four Thursday Night games. They are also 6-1 ATS when facing a team with a winning record. This team won’t back down.
Why Bet The South Florida Bulls To Beat The Owls
USF’s first goal is to play for a conference championship. That is something the Bulls have never done in their 20-year history, but 2017 is looking bright. The Bull’s overall strength of schedule limits their case to make the four-team playoff, even if the Bulls go undefeated.
South Florida put 47 points Lovie Smith’s Fighting Illini last Friday. The Bulls are averaging 40.0 points per game three weeks into the season. Senior QB Quinton Flowers has been playing above his pay grade. He completed 15 of 27 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns against the Illini.
"We can still improve," Strong said, "but offensively it was a major step for us. Offensively we hadn’t produced like that," in the first two games.
You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Owls are 25-8 ATS in their last 33 conference games.
- Owls are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games as an underdog.
- Bulls are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 conference games.
- Bulls are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
Temple Vs. South Florida Week 4 Betting Analysis
If the Bulls offense clicks early, this could get ugly. Temple is 2-1 SU this season, but their wins are not against great opponents either way. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS when facing a team with a winning record.
Temple took down South Florida 46-30 last season. But a lot has changed since then. The Bulls are the team to beat in the American Conference in 2017. Take South Florida to cover the spread.