College Football Betting: Tennessee at South Carolina

College Football Betting:  Tennessee at South Carolina

These are tough times in Columbia as the University of South Carolina Gamecocks are struggling to stay above .500 and struggling even harder to score points. The Gamecocks are dead last in the country in points scored per game averaging a paltry 16.9 PPG. They’re just slightly better in offensive yards per game averaging 317 which is #123 out of 128 FBS teams. They’re 3-4 SU/ATS on the season and with those pitiful offensive numbers it goes without saying that nothing has come easy in Will Muschamp’s first year trying to fill the massive shoes of Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks won last week to end a three game losing streak but in many ways it may have been the low point of South Carolina’s season as they beat Massachusetts by 6 points coming nowhere near covering as -20 home favorites. Then again, maybe that’s all that should be expected out of a team that has only beaten Vanderbilt, East Carolina and UMASS this season.

To say that Tennessee won’t be in a good mood here is an understatement. The Vols have lost two straight losing 45-38 at Texas A&M where they turned the ball over 7 times and getting whipped 49-10 on their home field by Alabama on 11/15 as the offense could muster only 163 yards of offense. They’ve also had a bye week to think about all of this and have only FCS opponent Tennessee Tech on deck. That means that the Gamecocks are right in the eye of the hurricane. The Vols still have a lot to play for. They’ve got a good chance of sweeping the board the rest of the way and a good shot at winning the SEC East and earning a rematch against Alabama. They’ll be focused, rested and as healthy here as they’ve been this season.

The head to head matchup with Tennessee hasn’t gone well for South Carolina over the past few years and particularly in Columbia. On the Gamecocks’ home field at Williams Brice Stadium the Vols are 8-4 SU/9-3 ATS against the host. They’ve won 18 of 24 SU in this series and there’s no way the Gamecocks can trade points with Tennessee–or for that matter any other team in the country.