South Florida Bulls @ Clemson Tigers Meineke Car Care Bowl Pick: B.J. Daniels didn’t have a good season throwing the football for the Bulls. He threw it for just under 1500 yards with 9 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Those are hardly mediocre numbers. He only rushed for 237 yards on 101 carries, with 4 touchdowns. So his 2.3 yards per carry weren’t exciting either. But he was still the starting quarterback in South Florida, and losing him will hurt their squad, because back-up Bobby Eveld wasn’t all that impressive either.
Kyle Parker wasn’t amazing for Clemson either, but he was decent. He threw more touchdowns (12) than interceptions (10) and generally led the Clemson to some solid outcomes down the stretch. The only game they got beat up in was against South Carolina in the last game of the season, and South Florida is no Carolina.
Clemson almost beat Auburn back in September, losing by a field goal in overtime. They beat Maryland, Georgia Tech, and NC State (all bowl teams) this season, while losing to North Carolina and Florida State by 5 and 3 respectively. And that Auburn game, of course.
South Florida beat Miami late in the year, but other wins over the likes of Louisville, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, and Western Kentucky don’t do much for me.
In the end I think the Clemson Tigers defensive front is too much for the offensively challenged Bulls. That should give Clemson the win, and cover, in the Meineke Bowl.
South Florida Bulls @ Clemson Tigers (-5.5)