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College Football Betting Preview: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Vols
September 30, 2023
Despite a record of 2-2, the South Carolina Gamecocks have looked like one of the better teams in the SEC while the Tennessee Volunteers bounced back from their loss against the Florida Gators with a blowout win at home against the UTSA Roadrunners. Which team will come away with the win in this matchup when the South Carolina Gamecocks travel to take on the Tennessee Vols in week 5 of the college football season? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.
The South Carolina Gamecocks enter this game with a record of 2-2 following a 37-30 win at home against the Mississippi State Bulldogs while covering the 6-point spread as a home favorite in week 4 of the college football season. South Carolina scored 37 points while compiling 432 total yards offensively which included 288 passing yards and 144 rushing yards while allowing 30 points and 519 total yards defensively which included 487 passing yards and 32 rushing yards. Spencer Rattler led the team in passing, completing 18 of 20 attempts for 288 yards with three touchdowns while adding 43 rushing yards. Mario Anderson led the team in rushing with 26 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for 10 yards. Xavier Legette led the team in receiving, catching all five targets for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
Tennessee enters this game ranked 21
in the AP Poll and 19
in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-1 following a 45-14 win at home against the UTSA Roadrunners while covering the 24-point spread as a home favorite in week 4 of the college football season. The Vols scored 45 points while compiling a total of 512 yards offensively which included 209 passing yards and 303 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 319 total yards defensively which included 231 passing yards and 88 rushing yards. Joe Milton III led the team in passing, completing 18 of 31 attempts for 209 yards and two touchdowns while adding 89 rushing yards and a touchdown. Dylan Sampson led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns while adding a reception for 20 yards. Ramel Keyton led the team in receiving, catching one of four targets for 48 yards and a touchdown.
BookMaker has the Tennessee Vols listed as 11.5-point favorites at home against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday in week 5 of the college football season. Tennessee has won six of the last ten and two of the last three matchups while going 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten games in the series. South Carolina is 2-2 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS on the road, 1-1 ATS as an underdog, and 2-0 ATS in conference games this season while the Tennessee Vols are 2-2 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, 2-2 ATS as a favorite, and 0-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
South Carolina and Tennessee are closer in talent than the line would suggest and South Carolina has been the better team at covering the spread in conference games this season going 2-0 ATS while Tennessee is 0-1 ATS in conference games. I look for this to be a closer game than Vegas indicates which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the South Carolina Gamecocks +12 on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers in week 5 of the college football season on BookMaker.
Spooky Express Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks +12
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