Illinois Fighting Illini vs USF Bulls NCAAF Odds & Game Info

Illinois Fighting Illini vs USF Bulls NCAAF Odds & Game Info

Written by on September 12, 2017

The Hurricanes that have hit the US over the past couple of weeks have wreaked havoc with the games scheduled in that area, which is a pretty small annoyance when you consider what some residents had to go through during the storms. Normal service is now being resumed, and college football will return to Florida on Friday night when the South Florida Bulls host the Illinois Fighting Illini at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, with the NCAAF odds favoring USF over Illinois. The Bulls had their game against Connecticut postponed last week, but are still boasting a perfect 2-0 record, as their first game of the season came in the soft opening that college football had in the final weekend in August. The Illinois Fighting Illini are also coming in with a perfect record, but look to be up against it this weekend, as they are listed as an 18-point underdog. If you are looking for some college football odds for Week 3 before all the big games on Saturday, this is your chance. This game is for Friday night, and on ESPN.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs USF Bulls NCAAF Odds & Game Info

When: Friday, September 15 at 7 PM EST Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa TV: ESPN Radio: Fighting Illini Sports Network (Illinois) / WWBA 820 AM (USF) Live Stream: NCAA Live NCAAF Odds: South Florida Bulls -17 ½ (-110)

Why Bet on the Illinois Fighting Illini at +17 ½?

Illinois have opened the season with back to back wins, including their first road game of the season, but this is sure to be a sterner test than what they have faced so far. The Fighting Illini are coming off a bit of a surprise win against Western Kentucky, where they were a 5.5-point underdog. They won that won 20-7, and while it was certainly a good win, the offense once again failed to really make a mark. Illinois are averaging 22 PPG this season, which is a good way short of what their opponents this week are doing on offense. The win on the road for Illinois came as a real surprise, as they have not been very effective away from their own building. They have won just 4 of their last 25 games on the road, and have only managed an 8-17 ATS record in those games. Picking the Fighting Illini to come up with another underdog win may be a bit of a stretch here, and playing them ATS also doesn’t appear to be a very solid wager.

Team Statistics

  • Offensive total yards 258.00
  • Current Offensive rush yards 132.00
  • Offensive passing yards 126.00
  • Average Score For 22.00
  • Defensive total yards 309.50
  • Current Defensive rush yards 88.50
  • Defensive passing yards 221.00
  • Average Score Against 14.00

College Football Week 3 ATS Picks and Winning Favorites

Why Bet on the South Florida Bulls at -17 ½?

NCAAF Odds: The biggest concern for the South Florida Bulls coming into this one is that they may need to shake off a little rust. The biggest concern for the South Florida Bulls coming into this one is that they may need to shake off a little rust after having their game against UConn last weekend. Even if that is the case, it should not take this offense very long to get back in a groove, as they have racked up 73 points through their opening two games of the season. With the two wins to start the season, the Bulls have now extended their winning streak to 5 games, and they have now also won their last 5 games at home, making them firm favorites for this one. The Bulls have also been a solid bet against the spread in their own building, as they have gone 9-4 in their last 13 games. The O/U for this one is set at 52 points, and the OVER looks like a solid bet when you consider that 9 of the last 11 Bulls games played in Florida have gone OVER.

Team Statistics

  • Offensive total yards 443.50
  • Current Offensive rush yards 234.00
  • Offensive passing yards 209.50
  • Average Score For 36.50
  • Defensive total yards 308.00
  • Current Defensive rush yards 100.50
  • Defensive passing yards 207.50
  • Average Score Against 19.50

Expert NCAAF Odds Pick and Final Score Prediction

This looks to me as though it should be a comfortable win for the South Florida Bulls, but can they cover that 18-point spread. I think they will easily surpass that mark, and I think we are also looking at the OVER for this one, especially if the Bulls offense can continue to play the way it has in their opening 2 games. Score Prediction: Illinois Fighting Illini 17 South Florida Bulls 41