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2016 Birmingham Bowl South Florida Bulls vs South Carolina Gamecocks Start Time, Betting Odds, Free Pick

The South Florida Bulls are taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks Thursday afternoon in the Birmingham Bowl. The game is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. The college football odds for the game have the Bulls favored by a comfortable margin to pick up the win.

College Football Odds
South Florida -10
Total: 62 points

South Florida has a new coach in Charlie Strong and while he won’t be making the play calls in this one, he is said to be evaluating talent for next season. Quinton Flowers leads the Bulls into this game with a record of 10-2 on the campaign, he threw for 22 touchdowns and ran for 15 more as he proved his dual-threat capabilities on the field. The Bulls ended the season winners of four consecutive games, averaging 46 points per game, including two road victories at Memphis and SMU.

South Carolina didn’t score 46 points in any game this season. The Gamecocks struggle on offense, averaging just 19.3 points per game, which ranks 123rd in the country, good for sixth-worst among FBS teams. Flowers and South Florida rank seventh-best in scoring offense (43.6 per game) and having Marlon Mark come out of the backfield is very strong.

The Bulls have a one-two combination that will cause South Carolina a ton of problems in space, even with the Gamecocks being an SEC defense that has faced tough competition all season. This is a statement-type game for the Bulls.

Free Pick: South Florida

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