College Football Week 2 Picks: South Florida Bulls vs. Nevada Wolf Pack

South Florida Bulls at Nevada Wolf Pack
Saturday, 9/8/12, 3:35 PM EST, TV:  CBS Sports Network
Opening Point Spread:  Nevada PK
Current Betting Line:  Nevada PK
Opening Total:  54
Current Total:  56
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The Nevada Wolf Pack are a dangerous team this year with quarterback Cody Fajardo’s dual-threat capabilities

South Florida earned a 34-13 win over Chattanooga as 30-point home favorites in its season opener, winning the statistical battle by 178 yards.  The Bulls enter a challenging part of their schedule, as they head west to Nevada, which is followed by a Thursday night game against Big East rival Rutgers.  “We’re going to stay on East Coast time the whole time,” commented Bulls head coach Skip Holtz.  The program is 34-41 in true road games in its history.  South Florida is 2-7 ATS when the line is between plus-three and minus-three the last two-plus seasons, while the “under” is 7-2 in that situation.

The Bulls are led by quarterback B.J. Daniels on offense, as the senior has produced a 19-15 record as a starter during his time in Tampa.  Both his 6,583 passing yards and 41 touchdowns rank third in school history, while his 1,637 rushing yards are sixth.  On the other side of the ball, South Florida must stop Nevada’s rushing attack, which gained 221 yards on the road against the California Golden Bears.

Nevada earned won of its biggest wins in program history by capturing a 31-24 victory over the Golden Bears as 12-point road underdogs last week, which provided its second-ever road win over a BCS team.  “A lot of people said we were underdogs, and we love being underdogs,” commented redshirt freshman Lenny Jones.  Saturday’s game will be the first time since 2007 that the team has opened a season with back-to-back games against BCS opponents.  Nevada is 2-0 ATS off an upset win as an underdog the last two-plus seasons, with both games going “over” the total.

The Wolf Pack have quite the combination at quarterback and running back, with Cody Fajardo throwing for 230 yards, while Stefphon Jefferson gained 147 yards on 34 carries last week.  Nevada has compiled a 39-10 record inside Mackay Stadium since head coach Chris Ault returned to the sidelines in 2004.  Offensively, the team has had at least one 100-yard rusher in 10 straight games.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wolf Pack due to their 5-2 ATS mark in September, while the Bulls are 1-6 ATS following a spread loss.

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