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Thursday, 8:30 pm Eastern – ESPN
SBG Global Opening Line: South Carolina - 9.5 , Total 41
South Carolina and Vanderbilt open up the SEC part of their schedules on Thursday as the Commodores host the Gamecocks on ESPN. Vanderbilt has had very little success in SEC openers in the past as they are just 4-21 in their last 25 conference openers. SBG Global reports that early NCAA Football betting has the public taking South Carolina on the Road
Vanderbilt has also struggled at home in SEC openers. The Commodores have lost their last 10 conference openers played at home. They could have trouble scoring against a South Carolina defense that shutout North Carolina State last week by a score of 34-0. It was the first shutout for South Carolina since 2006 when they won at Mississippi State. The offense was led by running back Mike Davis who had over 100 yards on the ground and quarterback Chris Smelley who threw two touchdown passes in relief of quarterback Tommy Beecher who suffered a concussion. It could be Smelley that gets the start on Thursday for South Carolina.
SBG Global Current Line: South Carolina - 9.5 , Total 41
Vanderbilt dispatched Miami of Ohio last week 34-13 and looked good doing it. They have a solid defense that could cause South Carolina some problems on Thursday. “Defensively Vandy’s a very good team. We’ve got to execute, protect the quarterback run and everything.” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said, “We’re looking forward to see if we can improve.”
Here is a look at the NCAA Football betting stats for Thursday’s game. The two teams are meeting for the 18th time in history. South Carolina is 14-3 straight up in those meetings. They met last season at South Carolina and Vanderbilt upset the Gamecocks by a score of 17-6. The last time they played at Vandy the Gamecocks won 31-13 in 2006. South Carolina is 8-1 in Nashville against the Commodores and has won the last four meetings. Before last season the Commodores had lost seven straight to South Carolina. The Gamecocks are 11-4 against the spread in the last 15 games against Vanderbilt. Three of the last five games have gone Under the total.
Pick: Vanderbilt +9.5 2units