NCAA Football – Week 9
A pair of SEC East foes will meet on the gridiron for college football betting action at Williams Brice Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as the South Carolina Gamecocks tango with the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Vols are on the ropes right now, as they have just three wins through seven games and need to find three more at some point over the course of the rest of the season if they are going to save Head Coach Derek Dooley’s job. The defense has been pitiful to say the least, allowing 41+ points over the course of each of its last three games. Granted, those games have all come against great foes, but the truth of the matter is that this is another one of the big time foes in the SEC as well. It wasn’t all that long ago that the fans in Rocky Top really believed that their team was going to be able to compete for a spot in the Top 25 this year when push came to shove, but unless QB Tyler Bray can really rally an offense that is lacking in skill players aside from himself, it’s going to be tough to even see this team playing in anything more than a relatively average bowl game against another relatively average team from the ACC or something of the sorts.
Of course, South Carolina might be in that same sort of predicament as well. The Gamecocks know that their BCS dreams are said and done with at this point after losing to both the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators in back to back weeks, but we are concerned with how they are going to come out and play after getting demolished and flat out embarrassed on national television last week in the Swamp. The 44-11 loss was one of the worst that the Gamecocks have taken under Head Coach Steve Spurrier, and this is a man that absolutely hates to lose. QB Connor Shaw could have his job threatened after he was benched last week, but at least this is expected to be the first game where RB Marcus Lattimore gets to start and play the full way since early in the season. The defense is the unit that really is going to want to step up and prove itself now that South Carolina is back as home, as the last time this team played here at Williams Brice Stadium, the ‘D’ was dominating against the Georgia Bulldogs.
This just doesn’t strike us as anything more than a game with about 40 points in it. The Volunteers have a lot to prove defensively, and the Gamecocks aren’t nearly as bad on this side of the ball as you would have thought over the course of the last two weeks. To see either team get into the 30s would be shocking to us. This should easily stay ‘under’ the ‘total’. South Carolina 24 – Tennessee 17