the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl
Saturday, December 20th, 4:30pm
St. Petersberg, Florida
Not a lot of blue on the Tigers' board - it says something that Southern Miss was the 4th hardest team you played this year. The Bulls do better, and actually won some of their matchups with above-average teams. Edge South Florida. On the other hand, Memphis is 3-1 in their last 4 games, winning at Tulane in the last week of November to become bowl eligible. South Florida is 1-4 going down the stretch, albeit against tough(er) BigEast competition. Edge Memphis.
|magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl Matchup|
|Points (rank)||-78.38 (#78)||82.51 (#48)|
|Opp. Points (rank)||-1,255.12 (#114)||149.11 (#47)|
|Points (% of Opp. Avg)||28.3 (100%)||26.5 (98%)|
|dPoints (% of Opp. Avg)||26.0 (108%)||20.5 (85%)|
|Rush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||205.6 (137%)||159.8 (113%)|
|dRush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||146.3 (102%)||97.7 (69%)|
|Pass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||226.6 (98%)||237.6 (112%)|
|dPass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||195.7 (92%)||194.1 (98%)|
|Tot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||432.2 (114%)||397.4 (112%)|
|dTot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||341.9 (95%)||291.8 (85%)|
|ST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||101.6 (85%)||130.3 (102%)|
|dST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||137.5 (112%)||128.7 (99%)|
|Penalties / Pen. Yds||4.7 / 41.2||8.7 / 67.7|
|TO's / TO Margin||1.4 / 0||2.0 / -7|
The Memphis rush vs the South Florida D might play a big role here - the Tigers are used to running for over 200 yds a game, 137% of their opponent's average, while the Bulls allow less than 100 yds a game, just 69% of their opponent's average. In general, both teams average about 100 yards a game more than they allow, which is good. South Florida's nearly 9 penalties a game might come back to bite them, but they should be strong enough to hold off the Memphis team.
The Line: South Florida -11.5
The Call: South Florida wins, but Memphis covers the spread
The Result: South Florida 41-14
Only 66 yards rushing for the Tigers, though it is tough to stick with the run when you're behind all game. The Bulls offense was clicking, and they've got a solid win to start to build next year on.