South Florida over Illi­nois by 3

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The Bulls played the Rod­ney Danger­field ‘respect’ card to the max in a SU home dog win against Ge­or­gia Tech last week, de­spite be­ing out-yarded, 602-426. It’s a big role change to­day, how­ever, go­ing from SU home dog win­ner to dou­ble-digit road chalk – one that does not ap­peal to us. Char­lie Strong had the big job of re­plac­ing QB Quin­ton Flow­ers en­ter­ing the cam­paign and he ap­pears to have done it seam­lessly with for­mer Bama QB Blake Bar­nett (512 pass­ing yards and 5 TDs thus far, and rushed for 3 more scores). How­ever, USF is just 1-5 SU ver­sus Big Ten foes with the Illini be­ing the only vic­tory in a 47-23 win at home last sea­son. Mean­while, Illi­nois is at home or home/neu­tral (this game is at Sol­dier Field in Chicago) ver­sus non-con­fer­ence op­po­nents since 2007. Granted, they haven’t beat much in their 2-0 start (Kent State and West­ern Illi­nois), but all they know is they’ve taken down who­ever it is that’s on the other line of scrim­mage – and that ap­pears to have cooled off the hot seat for head coach Lovie Smith. QB A.J. Bush suf­fered a ham­string in­jury last week and fresh­man M.J. Myles II may get the start af­ter a solid per­for­mance in re­lief of Bush ver­sus WIU.

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