College football gambling expectations were mixed for the South Florida Bulls as they were unable to take advantage of playing in the weakest BCS conference in NCAA football gambling.
The South Florida Bulls will take on the Clemson Tigers in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 31 with a kickoff time set for noon ET and a telecast on ESPN. Sports-Gambling opened with Meineke Car Care Bowl odds of Clemson as a 4.5 point favorite and with a total of 40.5. The game will take place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
Clemson has a record of 6-6 straight up and 5-7 with the NCAA odds as 10 of their 12 games went under the total. Clemson finished next to last in the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division after winning it last year. The Tigers lost 2 of their final 3 games including the season finale at home to South Carolina 29-7.
The Clemson offense suffered a steep decline from last year as they were never able to compensate for the loss of superstar running back CJ Spiller to the NFL. Clemson ranked 86th in the nation for total offense but was saved by their defense which ranked 9th for points allowed. Kyle Parker had an up and down season at quarterback with a 12/10 TD/INT ratio and just 6.4 yards per attempt.
South Florida finished with a record of 7-5 straight up and 5-7 with the NCAA football lines as 8 of their games went under the total. The Bulls finished 5th in the dreadfully weak Big East Conference as they also struggled on offense with a national rank of 105th. Much like Clemson, defense was the strength of South Florida as they finished 15th in the country.
South Florida also lost 2 of their final 3 games including the season finale at home to Big East champion Connecticut 19-16. Quarterback BJ Daniels was very inconsistent with a 9/12 TD/INT ratio.
Clemson has covered just 5 of their last 16 non conference college football gambling matchups while South Florida is 22-10 against the spread after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.