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South Florida Bulls vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

NCAAF | FOOTBALL
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Logo South Florida Bulls
VS
Logo Louisville Cardinals
61.5
OPENNER
-13

63.5o -105
CURRENT
-15.5 -110

+450
MONEYLINE
-600

3
SCORE
41

Two teams coming off disheartening losses and striving to get back to .500 will clash when South Florida visits Louisville on Saturday afternoon.

Critical mistakes by both teams in the final minute of their respective losses cost them last week. The Bulls (1-2) lost 31-28 at No. 20 Florida and the Cardinals (1-2) dropped a 35-31 decision at home to Florida State.

For USF, it was a case of errant center snaps deep in Florida territory on its final drive that proved costly. For Louisville, it was a late interception that ended its last possession near midfield.

"Obviously got to come back strong this week," Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said at his weekly press briefing. "It's still early in the season."

The Bulls seemed to have things going well in Gainesville until the late mistakes.

"There's about eight plays on offense, defense, and special teams combined that really were self-inflicted mistakes and kept us from finishing the game in the right way," USF coach Jeff Scott said.

This will be the first meeting of the two teams since 2013 but the series has been competitive with Louisville holding a 6-5 advantage. It will feature two quarterbacks who can make plays with their feet as well as their arms.

The Bulls' Gerry Bohanon rushed for 102 yards against the Gators last week and Louisville's Malik Cunningham has rushed for a team-high 282 yards in three games. Scott likens Cunningham to former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who set the numerous school records Cunningham is chasing.

"Honestly, whenever I watch him play, I just see Lamar," Scott said. "I feel like they've had the same quarterback for like the last eight or nine years."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
South Florida Bulls
24
40
Louisville Cardinals

South Florida Bulls vs. Louisville Cardinals Recap SEP 24TH 2022

Malik Cunningham rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 186 yards and a score as Louisville dominated South Florida 41-3 Saturday afternoon in Louisville, Ky.

The Cardinals (2-2) amassed 542 yards in total offense with 283 rushing while holding the Bulls (1-3) to 158 in total yardage and a meager 48 on the ground. That's the lowest rushing total for an opponent since Louisville held Virginia to 35 yards last year.

Cunningham's output moved the senior into a tie for second in program history in career touchdowns with 20 and into third place among Cardinal rushers with 3,014 yards. He is fifth in career passing yards with 8,629 yards.

The loss extended USF's road losing streak to 14 games as its offense never got in gear. Gerry Bohanon Jr. was only 9-of-17 passing for 62 yards before turning game over to Katravis Marsh early in the third quarter. Marsh finished 4-of-11 for 48 yards in his first action of the season.

After punting on the opening series, the Cardinals scored touchdowns on their next four possessions with Cunningham scoring on rushes of 40, 35, and 8 yards and throwing a 26-yard pass to Jaelin Carter to take a 28-0 lead into the break.

Cunning had more rushing yards (106) than passing (100) in the first half as the Cardinals amassed 329 yards in total offense to just 84 for the Bulls.

South Florida managed 22 yards on the ground and had three turnovers, two on Bohanon's fifth and sixth interceptions of the season, through the first half.

The Bulls foiled Louisville's shutout bid on Spencer Shrader's 37-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals responded with Tyler Evans' 3-yard scoring run to make it 38-3 and James Turner added a second field goal to round out the scoring.

--Field Level Media

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