USF over Ge­or­gia Tech by 3

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This prom­ises to be a top-notch stare­down be­tween two coaches with the steel­i­est gazes in the FBS, South Florida’s Charlie Strong and Ge­or­gia Tech’s Paul John­son (aka Ol’ Sour­puss). The Ram­bling Wreck blanked Al­corn State, 41-0, last week and John­son’s Triple Op­tion at­tack pounded out 439 rush­ing yards and 8.1 yards per carry. How­ever, Tech’s 5-0 SU and 3-1 ATS record fol­low­ing a shutout win since 2000 leaves us want­ing more after our data­base rats out the Yel­low Jack­ets’ dis­mal fail­ure as road fa­vorites the last three years. Frankly, we feel the Bulls are get­ting lit­tle to no re­spect from the lines­maker. Th­ese guys have won 21 games the last two years and are 16-2 SU at home since 2015 (4-0 SUATS ver­sus .750 or bet­ter op­po­si­tion). As for HC Strong, he boasts a money-mak­ing 27-12 SU and 21-12 ATS record ver­sus non-con­fer­ence foes, in­clud­ing

against win­ning op­po­nents. Charlie also needs to drive this point home to his team: after to­day, USF’s next five foes com­bined for a 1446 SU dis­as­ter last sea­son. Trans­la­tion? A win here and the Bulls could eas­ily be un­beaten when they head to the Hous­ton china shop in late Oc­to­ber. With a con­fer­ence opener at Pitts­burgh up next for Ge­or­gia Tech, don’t be sur­prised to see the Wreck blow a tire or two in this high­noon show­down in Tampa.

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