(1-0, 1-0 ATS)
South Carolina Gamecocks
(1-0, 1-0 ATS)
It’ll be a good old fashioned SEC East battle down in Columbia, SC on Sunday, and college football betting fans surely aren’t going to want to miss this duel between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Georgia Bulldogs.
The Dawgs posted one heck of an impressive victory last week against the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, but even at 55-7, no one can be overly jumping for joy because this, after all, was a Sun Belt team. However, the ‘W’ against the NCAA football odds was made all the more impressive due to the absence of WR AJ Green, one of the best receivers in the nation. UGA had better get used to it though, as it appears as though Green is going to be facing three more games without being able to suit up, which could be a huge hamper on an offense that put up 377 total yards of offense last week against the Cajuns. The defense is going to have to be a rock once again this week to keep the Bulldogs in it on the road. They held ULL to just 128 yards, just 14 of which came on the ground. HC Mark Richt is going to be counting heavily on his pass rush to make life a living hell for the Gamecocks and force them into several second and third and long situations.
With their probe by the NCAA seemingly complete with no further repercussions, the Gamecocks now look like a real contender in the SEC East race this year for the first time under HC Steve Spurrier. South Carolina made a real statement on national television last Thursday night, stomping the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 41-13 and demolishing the 13 point college football spread. It was a solid first game for QB Stephen Garcia, who went 16-of-23 for 193 yards through the air and added a pair of TDs on the ground to boot. WR Alshon Jeffrey had the first of what could be a series of huge games for South Carolina. He accounted for seven catches and 106 yards in the opener. Don’t let the 404 yards of offense conceded by the Gamecocks scare you, as a good chunk of those yards were picked up by the SMS backups that were merely trying to extend the game in its dying moments. The Gamecocks managed 224 rushing yards as well, led by RB Marcus Lattimore’s 54 yards and two TDs on 14 carries.
Here, we have a classic situation of a ranked team (Georgia) going on the road and taking on an unranked team (South Carolina) with everything to play for. The oddsmakers recognize this and make the hosts short favorites, knowing that Joe Public is going to be backing the visitors with the number next to their name more often than not. Don’t fall into the trap! Go with the Cocks to take a bite out of the Bulldogs and make their opening statement to the rest of the SEC East that this could be their year.
Selection: South Carolina Gamecocks -2.5