Boca Raton Bowl: USF Bulls vs. Syracuse Orange Betting Pick

College football bowl season continues on Thursday as the USF Bulls are set to take on the Syracuse Orange in the Boca Raton Bowl. This game will be played at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, and it looks to be a highly competitive matchup. 

USF finished the regular season with a record of 6-6, and they had to rally in order to even become bowl eligible. The Bulls were able to win two of their final three games, including a blowout win over the Charlotte 49ers in the season finale.

Syracuse also finished the year with a record of 6-6, and they got there by beating the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to end the year. The Orange had a disappointing year overall, but will try to end the year by winning a bowl game. 

The Syracuse Orange are coming into this game as slim 2.5-point betting favorites. 

Bulls Looking to Throw

The USF Bulls are coming into this game averaging 30.7 points per game, and this team wants to drive the ball down the field through the air. USF is averaging 270 passing yards per game, but they have also racked up 185 rushing yards per game. 

Quarterback Byrum Brown has thrown for 3,078 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, but he is going to have to take care of the football in this matchup. Brown has also rushed for 745 yards this season, and he is a weapon on offense. 

The Bulls are going to have to prove that they can be physical at the line of scrimmage in this game as they are facing a much bigger team. 

Syracuse Wants to Get Stops

The Syracuse Orange are scoring just 25.4 points per game this season, and they aren’t going to win this game if it turns into a high-scoring affair. Syracuse has faced some great offensive teams this season, and that experience should help them 

The Orange are not a team that throws the football a ton, but that offensive strategy allows them to slow down the action as well. Syracuse will be trying to keep the ball on the ground in this game as they want to wear down USF. 

Running back Lequint Allen is having a huge season for the Orange has he has rushed for 1,062 yards and nine touchdowns this season. 

Bet the Bulls Over the Orange

The South Florida Bulls are comfortable playing in a high-scoring game, and that’s the type of style that hurts this Syracuse team. South Florida will have nothing to lose in this game, and they won’t be afraid to take shots down the field. 

Syracuse has the ability to slow things down and run the football, but it’s going to take more than that to win this game. The Orange just haven’t been good enough on offense this season to trust, and that will come back to bite them. 

Bet on the USF Bulls to pull off a slight upset in this game as they are going to win the Boca Raton Bowl over the Syracuse Orange. 

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