South Florida (7-5) vs. Clemson (6-6) (-5.5)
What, you thought Kyle Parker coming back was going to make a major difference for a team that just lost C.J. Spiller? Please. He’s a decent quarterback and all, but you can’t lose a playmaker like that and expect to roll to 9-3 anyway. 6-6 is a record Clemson ought to be happy with this year with an offense that limited.
Speaking of limited offense, the first year of Holtzball in South Florida went about as well as the last year of Jim Leavitt ball. Not great, but not bad. At least not ALWAYS bad.
Skip Holtz was at a lesser-known school but had the opportunity to recruit from a pretty fertile area in the Carolinas when he was at ECU. He was surrounded by big-brother schools but still managed to make a winner. At South Florida, he’s in the exact same situation, only he’s recruiting out of a VERY fertile area against schools much scarier than North Carolina and NC State. On the other hand, the Big East is just as bad as C-USA, so nothing really changed there.
Look, don’t watch this game unless you’re a fan. There’s absolutely nothing interesting about either of these teams, and if it turns into an entertaining shoot out or comes down to the last play, you’ll hear about it from ESPN or one of your friends or something. Don’t put yourself through this, especially if you have kids and have a limited amount of football you can watch in one day.