South Florida vs. San Jose State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the South Florida vs. San Jose State fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
South Florida (0-0) vs. San Jose State (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, August 26th
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: CEFCU Stadium, San Jose State, CA
Network: CBS Sports Network
Charlie Strong has to travel 3,000 miles to kick off his new life.
After all the problems and issues at Texas, now he inherits a loaded South Florida team with the talent and upside to not just win the American Athletic title, but it could really and truly be in the CFP discussion with a whole lot of luck and and even more spin.
Of course, USF is going to simply want to come out of the opener of the Strong era with a nice win, but with Illinois, Houston and UCF qualifying as the most dangerous games on the slate, appearances are going to matter – even in August.
San Jose State is also undergoing a redo under new head coach Brent Brennan. He’s not taking over a team that’s anywhere near as solid as what Strong gets, but if he can somehow pull off the massive upset to kick things off, he and the Spartans will be the big national college football story for a week.
One Reason Why South Florida Will Win
The Spartans just doesn’t have the defensive front.
The pass rush might not be too bad as the season goes on, and there’s experience at tackle, but SJSU got destroyed by anyone who even made a half-hearted attempt to run the ball. Overall, not enough plays were made behind the line, and forget about trying to come up with stops against anyone who could get a little bit physical.
USF will try to get the passing game going a wee bit more this season with a slightly more balanced attack, but there won’t be any reinventing the wheel. QB Quinton Flowers will run, and run some more for an O that’ll push for the 300-yard mark on the ground.
One Reason Why San Jose State Will Win
What do you get the defense that couldn’t stop anyone? How about a head coach whose Texas team got knocked over by a soft breeze?
There’s a whole lot of Prove It Time happening with Strong – a defensive coach by nature who couldn’t get his Longhorns to tackle.
San Jose State doesn’t have the power running game to make any sort of a dent in even a mediocre USF defensive front, but in the opener, the new coaching staff will get extremely creative.
After allowing close to 300 passing yards a game last season, the Bulls might get hit hard by a Spartan attack desperately looking to keep up the pace.
What’s Going To Happen
After a feisty first quarter, San Jose State’s defense will start to buckle. It’ll do a decent job of bottling up Flowers for a little while, but eventually the talent level will take over.
San Jose State will be a year-long work in progress, and it’ll start at home on Opening Day as Flowers tears off well over 100 yards while getting his receivers into the mix, too.
The Bulls will dominate the time of possession, and yes, the defense will actually tackle a little bit.
South Florida vs. San Jose State Prediction
Final Score: South Florida 48, San Jose State 20
Line: South Florida -20, o/u: 66
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