South Florida vs. San Jose State
South Florida will have former Texas head coach, Charlie Strong, as their new leader. Strong takes over for Willie Taggart who left to become Oregon’s head coach. Taggart was 25-25 overall in his five seasons at the school.
South Florida won 11 games in 2016 against 10 FBS opponents with a combined overall record of 53-72 or .424%. The Bulls outscored those opponents by a total score of 448-290 or 15.8 points per game. South Florida also defeated Towson (FCS) by a score of 56-20.
South Florida lost two games in 2016 to Florida State and Temple who were a combined 20-7 in 2016 or .740%. The Bulls were outscored in those games by a total score of 101-65 or 18.0 points per game.
This will be the first time since 2011 that the Bulls will open their season with an FBS opponent. In 2011, the Bulls defeated Notre Dame in South Bend to start the year. Since that game, South Florida is 4-1 against FCS opponents on week one of the college football season. The Bulls outscored those four opponents by a total margin of 177-67 or 27.5 points per game.
San Jose State won 4 games in 2016 against 3 FBS opponents (Nevada, UNLV and Fresno State) with a combined overall record of 10-26 or .277%. The Spartans outscored those opponents by a total score of 60-48 or 4.0 points per game. San Jose State also defeated Portland State (FCS) by a score of 66-35.
San Jose State lost 8 games in 2016 to FBS opponents with a combined overall record of 69-36 or .657%. The Spartans were outscored in those games by a total score of 333-167 or 20.7 points per game.
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