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Alabama Crimson Tide vs USF Bulls Game Thread

Alabama makes an unprecedented regular season journey to Tampa, Florida.

Texas v Alabama
Is Amari Niblack ready to break out?
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The Crimson Tide lick their wounds and hopefully play (audition) several players in a game against the hapless Bulls.

GAME 3: Saturday, September 16, 2023

Alabama Crimson Tide (1-1) at South Florida Bulls (1-1)

Tampa, FL ~ 2:30/3:30 ABC

  • USF is a struggling program. The Bulls went 4-29 under former coach Jeff Scott plus an interim coach. They now have former Tennessee and UCF OC Alex Golesh in his first season in Tampa.
  • South Florida lost at WKU by 17 in Week 1 and defeated FAMU by two touchdowns last weekend. Dual threat QB Byrum Brown is basically their whole offense.
  • For the trip to Tampa, Alabama will receive two return trips from the Bulls in Tuscaloosa in 2024 and 2026 without having to pay the exorbitant payouts to visitors (usually $1M+).
  • The last time the Crimson Tide played a road game at a non Power-5 team’s home stadium was a visit to Hawaii in 2003, a head-shaking 37-29 Alabama defeat in Mike Shula’s first season.
  • Bama and USF have met once, a 40-17 Tide victory played in Birmingham in that same 2003 season.
  • Alabama is 1-2 all-time in Tampa, all of which were post-season games. The most recent was the painful CFP National Championship loss to Clemson for the 2016-17 season (too soon?).
  • The Tampa weather forecast calls for cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms and a high of 91°.
  • TV Announcers are Bob Wischusen and Robert Griffin III with Kris Budden from the sidelines.
  • Chris Stewart takes over play-by-play duties for Eli Gold on Alabama Radio.
  • The point spread according to DraftKings has creeped up two points since midweek with Bama as a -34 favorite. The Over/Under is 61.

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See for details.

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