The South Florida Bulls travel across the United States to get down with the San Jose State Spartans on August 26th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The game between the two schools can be seen on the CBS Sports Network. This season they are equipped for another big season because they have back 16 starters returning. That statistic ranks the Bulls at 36th in the nation in experience.
The South Florida Bulls open the 2017 college football season on the west coast with a visit to the San Jose State Spartans.Bulls quarterback Quinton Flowers is back to lead this potent attack. In 2016, the dual-threat performer passed for 2812 yards with 24 TDs and just seven picks. He also rushed for another 1530 yards and 18 trips to the end zone. Obviously, he is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the league.
The South Florida defense had an inconsistent campaign last year. They wore down as the season went on as they allowed 38.3 ppg over their last six matches. Contrastly, they surrendered just 25.9 ppg over their first seven-game. There should be some all around improvement since so many players have returning experience.
This year they hope to shore up the defense with nine starters back. They also return 15 of their top 20 tacklers from last year. Adding to that, the Bulls also have a new head coach in Charlie Strong, who is a defensive-minded coach.
The Spartans didn’t have many positives offensively averaging only 377 yards and 24 points a game. San Jose State has seven starters back on offense but must find a new starting quarterback.
In steps, Michael Carrillo. Carillo is a Juco transfer that will attempt to improve on an offense that averaged 24 points last season. Whether he can make an immediate impact or not is anybody’s guess.
Leading rusher Malik Roberson and Zamore Zigler will both be back. Together, the two tailbacks galloped for almost 1,000 yards on over 175 carries and five touchdowns. Both athletes have track speed and could break away on any carry. San Jose State will need to lean on these two to keep Quinton Flowers off of the field on Saturday.
South Florida Bulls vs. San Jose Spartans – Saturday, August 26th
Start Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: Spartan Stadium, San Jose California
TV Broadcast: CBS
Online Stream Options: Watch ESPN