Dan: Memphis +12.5
The game is in St. Petersburg. But can USF really beat anyone (even Memphis) by two touchdowns? Memphis hasn’t really been blown out much this year at all, and USF has lost outright 4 of its last 5. Take the points.
USF 17 Memphis 10
Matt: USF (-12.5)
South Florida gets a home game for their bowl, and I really don’t think that Memphis will put up much of a fight. One of the guys I go to school with who went to and is from Memphis was speculating/wishing that Thomas Tuberville would consider going to Memphis to revive the football program. I don’t see it happening, but he would be able to recruit the south and team with Calipari to form one of the better coaching duos in the country. In fact, besides the Urban / Billy Donovan combo, I really can’t think of any better duo in the country than a Tuperville / Coach Cal combo. Maybe Mack Brown and Rick Barnes?
USF 34 Memphis 20
Mike: Memphis (+12.5)
Once again, I must resort to the highly unscientific technique of attempting to predict the relative levels of motivation for two teams with which I am quite unfamiliar. Using this approach, I like the visiting Tigers to harness their motivation edge against a South Florida team that has not appeared to play with much hunger this year.
South Florida 31 Memphis 28
Doug: Memphis +12.5
The inaugural magicJack bowl comes to you live from lovely St. Petersburg, Florida. The 2nd place team from the Conference USA against the 6th place team from the Big East. Dear god, how is this bowl game even happening?? And what the heck is magicJack?? Am I completely out of touch in admitting that I have no idea what magicJack is?? Good place for a bowl game though. Maybe grab a hotel room on Treasure Island, get to the beach, slip down to Sarasota for breakfast at the Broken Egg, head over to the Trop to apologize to all things Scott Kazmir, and then watch some turrrrible college football.
South Florida stinks, and I can’t take them to win this game by over 12 points. They went 2-5 in the Big East this year. I don’t know what happened to them, but they completely fell off the map this year. Not sure if it means that South Florida is going to start trending downward again as a program or if it is just a blip in the road. The Big East is counting on South Florida as a future anchor for the league, so I hope they aren’t going to go in the tank now. With their access to talent, they should be a pretty good team every year.
This bowl season is going to be important for the Big East. If the Big East teams all get plowed this year, they could be under some serious heat going into the offseason. When you have a league like the Mountain West that is producing 2-3 ranked teams just about every year nowadays, there might be some clamoring to boot the Big East out of the favored BCS status that they currently enjoy. I have to say that it was concerning that Cincinnati went out to Hawaii and very nearly lost that game. They really should have lost to Hawaii, which would have been a lethal blow to the league. The conference champion losing to a middle-of-the-pack WAC team. Yikes.
South Florida 23 Memphis 17