Friday, July 21, 2017

South Florida at Florida

Florida will rely on its secondary to fluster B.J. Daniels in this Sunshine State showdown.

South Florida offense vs. Florida defense
• One way to negate a defense's team speed is to run right at it, so South Florida greatly improves its chances of pulling off the upset if it can establish the inside run. South Florida RB Moise Plancher is tougher to tackle than his 195-pound frame suggests and he's just 5-foot-8, making it difficult for linebackers to locate him when he runs behind his blockers. Plus, the strength of the Bulls' offensive line is in the middle where they return all three starters from a year ago. However, Plancher can be too quick to bounce runs outside and he's dealing with a shoulder injury that could exasperate this problem. Plancher's backups, Demetris Murray and Marcus Shaw, are inexperienced and tend to run east and west. This will make it easier on the Gators' excellent three-man rotation of Jaye Howard, Omar Hunter and Lawrence Marsh, which is more than capable of holding its own when South Florida runs inside. Their ability to clog up the middle will make it tough for the Bulls to get a body on MLB Jonathan Bostic.