A pair of teams coming off one-sided losses in the opening week of the season lock up when the AAC makes the trip to face the AAC in Hotlanta. The South Florida Bulls are on the road as they make the trip to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon. South Florida was trounced 49-0 at home by #19 Wisconsin last Friday in their season opener. Georgia Tech was clobbered 52-14 by #1 Clemson on the road last Thursday in their season opener. The Bulls won the only previous matchup between the teams, taking a 49-38 win at home on September 8, 2018.
South Florida Bulls Look to Shake Off Blowout Loss
South Florida was unable to get much going offensively against a ranked Wisconsin team and it left the home fans with a bad taste in their mouths. The Bulls trailed only 7-0 after the opening quarter but saw that deficit expand to 28-0 at halftime. South Florida never got into the game: their deepest penetration was the Wisconsin 19-yard line in the fourth quarter. That drive ended with a missed 43-yard field goal with 2:36 to play. The Bulls were outgained 433-157 in the contest, gave up 22 first downs while picking up nine and lost the time of possession battle by a 35:00 to 25:00 margin. South Florida turned the ball over three times, including a scoop six, while generating only one takeaway.
— USF Football (@USFFootball) August 30, 2019
Blake Barnett struggled on the day as he hit 13 of 30 passes for 109 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Jordan McCloud hit all three of his pass attempts for 22 yards and led the team with three carries for 17 yards on the ground. The combination of Jordan Cronkrite (six carries, nine yards) and Trevon Sands (five carries, two yards) was stifled: as a team, South Florida ran the ball 23 times for a total of 26 yards. Cronkrite (23 yards), Randall St. Felix (21 yards) and Bryce Miller (16 yards) each had three receptions to lead the team in a losing effort. No other player caught more than a single pass for the Bulls in the game. On defense, Patrick Macon did his best to keep South Florida competitive: he recorded 15 tackles (10 solo), one sack, a forced fumble and four tackles for loss.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Try to Avenge Last Season’s Defeat
Georgia Tech was overmatched by the defending national champions on the road as they were pasted by #1 Clemson in their opener. The Yellow Jackets were unable to stop the Clemson run game and their offense was ill-equipped to deal with the deficit that they were in by the half. Georgia Tech was down 14-0 after one quarter and 28-0 at the half: it was 35-0 before they got on the board. The Yellow Jackets were outgained 632-294, gave up 29 first downs while picking up 13 and lost time of possession by a 33:13 to 26:47 margin. Georgia Tech turned the ball over four times, including once at the goal line, while forcing three takeaways.
— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) September 1, 2019
James Graham was the team’s top passer as he hit four of seven throws for 72 yards and a score while adding 15 yards on the ground. Tobias Oliver was just three of nine for 65 yards with two interceptions while adding 20 carries for 56 yards while Lucas Johnson misfired on his two pass attempts. Jordan Mason did the most damage on the ground with 13 carries for 72 yards and a score. Jerry Howard Jr. (four carries, 15 yards) was the lone player with more than one reception for the Yellow Jackets as he reeled in two for 57 yards. Ahmarean Brown caught a 28-yard scoring pass for his lone reception in the contest. Wesley Wells did not attempt a field goal but did boot both his extra-point attempts in the contest.
- Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. ACC
- Bulls are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game
- Bulls are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Yellow Jackets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game
- Yellow Jackets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Yellow Jackets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game