College Football Week 2 Picks: East Carolina Pirates vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

East Carolina Pirates vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Saturday, 9/6/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  South Carolina -16.5
Current Betting Line:  South Carolina -17
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The South Carolina Gamecocks are 34-4 SU in their last 38 home games
The South Carolina Gamecocks are 34-4 SU in their last 38 home games

East Carolina will face the first of three-straight Power Five members on its 2014 schedule, which is important to consider when making your Week 2 college football picks, as it looks to build off a 52-7 home win over North Carolina Central.  The Pirates have dropped four consecutive games versus ranked opponents, while they’ve gone 5-12 SU all-time when matching up with the Gamecocks.  East Carolina is 0-8 SU and 1-7 ATS as road underdogs of 14.5 to 17 points in its last eight opportunities.

The Pirates are 5-23 SU against current members of the Southeastern Conference, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.  East Carolina had seven first-time starters in the lineup last week, with four playing on the offensive side of the ball and three more defensively.  All eyes will be on quarterback Shane Carden, who has thrown for 7,538 yards and 59 touchdowns during his career.

South Carolina is looking to bounce back from a 52-28 season-opening loss to the Texas A&M Aggies as 9.5-point home favorites last week—getting out-gained by a sizable 247 yards.  The Gamecocks haven’t lost two straight to start a season since the 0-11 campaign of 1999, while they’ve captured 20 consecutive non-conference games during the regular season.  Head coach Steve Spurrier has won both prior meetings against East Carolina, with his offensive averaging 52.0 points per contest.  South Carolina is 8-0 SU and 5-3 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points since 2012.

The Gamecocks had their school-record 18-game home winning streak come to an end, but they’ve still compiled a 34-4 SU record in its last 38 opportunities when playing at Williams-Brice Stadium.  South Carolina running back Mike Davis is currently listed as doubtful for this affair, as he gained just 15 yards on six carries due to a rib injury that’s bothered him since the start of camp.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 5-2 in the Gamecocks last seven games in September.

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