Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Saturday, 11/2/13, 12:20 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: South Carolina -11.5
Current Betting Line: South Carolina -11.5
Opening Total: 51
Current Total: 52
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Mississippi State has a four-game winning streak against Southeastern Conference Eastern Division opponents, but it has dropped its last six games in this particular series by an average of 10.7 points per game. Under head coach Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs have compiled a 33-25 record, which is much better than the 20-38 mark the program put together in the 58 games prior to his arrival in Starksville. Mississippi State is 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Bulldogs are averaging 456.0 yards per game, which would shatter the school record of 422.0 that was set during the 1982 campaign—something to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 10. Mississippi State sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott has rushed for 100-plus yards three times this year, while he’s tied for third in the SEC with 10 touchdowns scored. Prescott is also eighth in the conference with 1,648 yards of total offense.
South Carolina returns home from a three-game road swing to begin a four-game homestand, as it comes off a 27-24 double-overtime victory over the Missouri Tigers as three-point underdogs last Saturday. The Gamecocks have won their last 14 home games, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page. Offensively, quarterback Connor Shaw will lead the charge, as he looks to improve upon his 22-5 overall record during his time in Columbia. South Carolina is 10-1 SU and 6-5 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points, with the OVER going 7-4 in that situation.
The Gamecocks have won 30 of their last 33 games at Williams-Brice Stadium, while they are tied for the second-longest home winning streak in the nation with the Ohio State Buckeyes—trailing only the Michigan Wolverines in that category. South Carolina’s defense has held six of its eight opponents below their season scoring average, with four held double-digits below that average. On the other side, the team is incredibly balanced, averaging 205.9 yards per game on the ground and 269.2 through the air.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, with the OVER going 3-2 in the Gamecocks last five games as home favorites of 10.5 to 14 points.
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