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How and what to watch for South Florida vs. Memphis

Can USF pull the upset over Memphis and snap their five-game losing streak?

Memphis Tigers quarterback Brady White (3) throws during the first quarter of a college football game against the Cincinnati Bearcats, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Bearcats lead 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY NETWORK The Enquirer-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Tigers are looking to bounce back from last week’s ugly loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats when they play the South Florida Bulls on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET in Memphis, TN.

The Tigers (3-2) were humiliated by the Bearcats 49-10, who are proving to be one of the best teams in college football. Memphis did not have any answers for Bearcats’ dual-threat quarterback Desmond Ridder or Cincinnati’s running game. Ridder had 312 yards of total offense and five total touchdowns (2 rushing TDs). Running back Jerome Ford led the game in rushing with 116 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. The Tigers’ defense should fare better on Saturday against the Bulls as they are only averaging 141.3 rushing yards per game.

As for the Tigers’ offense, it starts and ends with senior quarterback Brady White. Last week against the Bears, White struggled as he completed 51.4 percent of his passes for 316 yards and a touchdown. This season, the 6-foot-3 quarterback is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,691 yards, 18 touchdowns, and four interceptions.

The Bulls (1-5) are trying to earn their horns and snap a five-game losing streak. On Oct. 23, USF got blown out by Tulsa 42-13 after only losing by two points to Temple in the previous week. If USF wants to get back into the win column, it start with the quarterback position. Sophomore Jordan McCloud was named the starter a couple of weeks ago, but he was pulled against Tulsa.

In relief duty, Noah Johnson had 18 completions on 27 attempts for 150 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The senior quarterback also had a fumble. Despite the miscues, USF head coach Jeff Scott liked what he saw from Johnson and how he moved the offense. It will be interesting to see how the Bulls go with at quarterback on Saturday.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch South Florida vs. Memphis on Saturday, November 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, or you can stream it via ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: South Florida vs. Memphis (-17)
Point Total: O/U 65.5
Money line: South Florida (+480), Memphis (-910)

  • USF is 2-4 against the spread in its last six games against an opponent in the AAC.
  • The point total went over in four of USF’s last five games.
  • Memphis is 1-7 against the spread in its last eight games.
  • Memphis is 15-4 straight up in its last 19 games.

Betting splits

USF: (21% of handle, 26% percent of bets)
Memphis: (79% of handle, 74% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The Tigers are coming into Saturday’s game against USF, looking to get that bad taste of last week’s blowout loss to the Cincinnati out of their system. USF, on the other hand, is trying to snap a five-game losing skid. With uncertainty at QB for the Bulls and the Tigers simply being the better team, this is an easy choice for the money line. You’re not losing.

Pick: Memphis (-910)

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