South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers: College Football Week 8 Betting Odds and Picks
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Saturday, 10/19/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: South Carolina -7
Current Betting Line: South Carolina -7
Opening Total: 54
Current Total: 54
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
South Carolina will play the middle game of a three-game Southeastern Conference road trip with a stop in Knoxville, as it pushed its winning streak to four games after picking up a 52-7 victory over Arkansas as 4.5-point favorites last Saturday. The Gamecocks have won three consecutive games against the Volunteers, which is important to consider when making your college football betting picks, considering they had never won back-to-back contests in the series before this current streak. South Carolina is 7-0 SU and 4-3 ATS as road favorites the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 4-3 in that situation.
The Gamecocks are 5-3 against the Volunteers under head coach Steve Spurrier, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting lines. Over the last 10 quarters, South Carolina has scored on 18 of 24 possessions, with 15 touchdowns and three field goals. The team has also converted on 58.3 percent of its third-down conversions over its last four games—after going just 10-for-25 in its first two contests.
Tennessee has alternated wins and losses over its last three games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 34-31 overtime defeat to the Georgia Bulldogs as 13.5-point home underdogs on Oct. 5. The Volunteers have a chance of staying within this number, as no matchup in the SEC has been closer in terms of average margin of victory than this one since 2000. In the last 11 meetings since 2002, the game has been within a touchdown in the fourth quarter seven times. Tennessee is 0-2 SUATS as underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Volunteers certainly have an opportunity of springing the upset, considering head coach Butch Jones is 6-1 after an open week during his coaching career. Tennessee is aiming for its first win over a ranked team since Oct. 31, 2009. In five starts this season, quarterback Justin Worley has completed 55.8 percent of his passes, which clearly demonstrates that the team needs to run the football. Senior tailback Rajion Neal is averaging 158.5 rushing yards over his last two games.
Sports bettors will likely back the Volunteers due to their 5-2 ATS mark in the last seven meetings in this series.
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