NCAA Football – Week 13
It’s the battle for the Palmetto State, and it may very well be a battle for a BCS bowl game as well on Saturday night. The Clemson Tigers will look to end a three-game skid on the college football betting lines against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
South Carolina is hanging in there at the moment, but it needs a win and a lot of help to get to the BCS this year. The SEC is just so stacked though, that the team is likely to be really falling down the SEC bowl ladder, perhaps even out of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl if this one is lost. The defense for the Gamecocks has been great this year, holding six teams to 13 points or fewer. That won’t be the case in this one against a great Clemson offense though, so QB Connor Shaw and the offense are going to have to be a heck of a lot better. Ever since the RB Marcus Lattimore injury though, the Gamecocks have been a wreck offensively. Shaw has had a brutal third season in Columbia that has been marred with injuries. Last week was the culmination of the season, knowing that the team only had seven points on the board against the FCS Wofford Terriers going into the fourth quarter. The offense just has to be better than that, or this game will be a romp.
Think QB Tajh Boyd wants to make a late push to win the Heisman Trophy? He might be doing just that if he can put together a great game against the Gamecocks. Boyd has done everything that he did last year for the Tigers and more. He has thrown for 3,367 yards and 33 TDs against 11 picks, and he has 466 yards and eight TDs on the ground. If by chance Boyd is in New York in a few weeks for the Heisman presentation, he can thank his effort last week against the NC State Wolfpack for that. Boyd threw for five touchdowns and rushed for three more, making up for a horrid defensive showing. Under Boyd’s direction, Clemson has now scored an average of 46.5 points per game over the course of the last 10, and if those games, the team has scored at least 37 all 10 times. The Tigers rank fourth in the nation in scoring and sixth in total offense at 535.6 yards per game.
The SEC bias is out of control. The Tigers are the better of these two teams in our eyes, and we think that it is going to show in the form of a double digit victory on Saturday night, a win which really should send the Tigers to the Fiesta Bowl or the Sugar Bowl, depending upon how everything else shakes out. Clemson 38 – South Carolina 27