1. USF WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Can USF beat the type of team that can beat someone’s who’s good?
Out of the 17 wins in the Charlie Strong era, just two came against teams that finished with winning records, and there haven’t been any against anyone that ended up with more than seven victories.
Overall, under Strong, USF is just 2-8 against teams that finished with winning records. The 2019 version, though, has the makeup to change that.
The offense should be more consistent and more explosive with the weapons to go along with the new style from offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell. On the other side, the defense will be stronger after a few changes – the loss of six starters isn’t that big a deal – but it’ll all come down to whether or not the line can hold up better against the run.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
The Bulls won’t get by Georgia Tech again, and they’re probably not going to handle the Wisconsin running game all that well, but everything else is on the table.
BYU is coming to Tampa. Most of the big American Athletic showdown are in Raymond James, too, with the last four games all in Florida.
The October road games against UConn, Navy and East Carolina aren’t killers, and getting SMU and South Carolina State at home should be wins.
The Bulls need to be good enough to win at least two of three against Temple, Cincinnati and Memphis at home, not screw up against mediocre, and pull off something special against one of the big boys.