South Florida-Rutgers: College Football Picks

Vernon CroyCorrespondent INovember 11, 2009

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07:  Joe Martinek #38 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates his touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats with teammate Howard Barbieri #74 at Rutgers Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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At this point of the year, the conference battles in college football are really starting to heat up. This Thursday night's game between the South Florida Bulls and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights should be no exception.

The Bulls and Knights have had some good battles in the last few years, with Rutgers recently coming out on top. In fact, the Knights beat the Bulls handily when they squared off last season.

This time around, the Bulls have revenge on their mind as they hope to avenge the loss of a season ago. So what should we expect in this one as far as free college football picks go?

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights come into this game with a 6-2 record. However, their conference record of 1-2 has nearly eliminated them from the Big East title race, as powerhouses such as Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are vying for the title. Rutgers has a solid team and is good enough to compete with anyone, which is evident in their victories over South Florida the past few years.

Two years ago, the Bulls were ranked as high as second in the country with a record of 6-0. That very week, it was the Scarlet Knights that handed them their first loss of the season. Rutgers beat them very handily in their only matchup last year as well.

Even though the South Florida Bulls are ranked in the top 25 this week, you should not sleep on Rutgers.

The South Florida Bulls have had a roller coaster of a season. They started off great until the Big East’s all-time leader in offense, Matt Grothe, went down for the season. At that point, freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels came in and picked up where Grothe left off. He managed to lead them to a win over then No. 18 Florida State and later won against Syracuse.


South Florida Bulls vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Football Picks Outlook

South Florida managed to beat No. 20 West Virginia recently and they are a very talented team that has the ability to beat Rutgers. However, this should be a close game that will likely be decided in the fourth quarter.


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