point spread: South Florida vs. Rutgers, Utah at TCU
The point spread and betting
previews on the college football games in Week 8 South Florida
vs. Rutgers and Utah vs. TCU.
Monday and this means one thing - time for the point spread and
betting preview of the upcoming Week 8 college football games.
Believe it or not, the point spread on the college games is
already taking shape and for the latest we go to our preferred
Bookmaker. People actively
wagering on college football will take the opportunity to place
a bet on the Thursday game between the University of South
Florida (6-0) and Rutgers (4-2). The two Big East
teams will make this game a pain to predict and we will likely
see an equal amount of bets on both USF and Rutgers. Currently,
the early bettors have set the point spread on South Florida
vs. Rutgers game at -3 chalk USF at
Bookmaker but there is plenty
of time for movement.
Who's fighting here? USF have stayed the
course this season with a perfect 6-0 record and in their last
game the Bulls welcomed UCF for a final score of 12-64. No.2 in
the AP Top 25 and in the BCS Standings this week, South Florida
are working their way to the top with the 3rd ranked defense in
the Big East, allowing only 284.3 yards per game and 15.7 points
on average. Quarterback Matt Grothe will again be a power tool
against Rutgers, passing 101 out of 171 for a total of 1121
yards in the first six games this season and ran for 100 against
UCF. Main target of Grothe will be WR Taurus Johnson, who signed
up for 6 packages for a total of 83 yards and two touchdowns
last Saturday against UCF. So far there are no new injuries in
the South Florida team to report this week, overall healthy good
team looking for 7-0.
Rutgers, on the other side, clearly
outscore South Florida with a No.3 BigE offense with an average
of 489.7 yards each game. You won't find Rutgers in neither AP
Top 25 nor BCS, but don't be quick to give up on them just yet.
Last week the Scarlet Knights won 38-14 against Syracuse and the
victory have given the team a boost in spirit, much needed after
the two consecutive losses against Maryland and Cincinnati.
Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel has 1817 passing yards under his
belt this season with 12 touchdown passes and 105 completed out
of 168 attempted. RB Ray Rice is rushing for 818 yards and 13
touchdowns in the last six games and WR Tiquan Underwood is 675
yards on the receiving end with 4 TDs this season.
And a little extra betting action this
Thursday with the Mountain West matchup between Utah
(4-3) and TCU (4-3). The point spread on the Utah vs.
TCU game is favoring TCU -3.5 points at
Bookmaker and it is unlikely to
change through the week. Both teams are coming out on the field
with similar stats - Utah scores 23.4 points a game and allows
on average 19.6 points and TCU is 23 scored for 19 allowed on
average. Utah is 8-4 against the spread in its last 12 games and
TCU is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home. The total has gone
UNDER in 4 of TCU's last 5 games at home and UNDER in 4 of
Utah's last 5 games on the road.