College Football Week 4 Predictions: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
Saturday, 9/20/14, 7:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  South Carolina -20
Current Betting Line:  South Carolina -22
Opening Total:  57.5
Current Total:  54.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The South Carolina Gamecocks have won five games in a row against the Vanderbilt Commodores
The South Carolina Gamecocks have won five games in a row against the Vanderbilt Commodores

South Carolina will go on the road for the first time in 2014, as it comes off a 38-35 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs as 6.5-point home underdogs last Saturday, as it won the statistical battle by 39 yards in that affair.  The Gamecocks own a 19-4 series advantage over the Commodores, which is important to consider when making your Week 4 college football predictions, as they captured 10 of 12 meetings in Nashville.  The program has won five straight in the series, with the defense allowing just 58 total points.  South Carolina is 8-1 SU and 5-4 ATS in September the last two-plus seasons.

The Gamecocks are 12-5 in their last 17 true road contests, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.  After three weeks of the season, South Carolina signal-caller Dylan Thompson ranks fourth in the Southeastern Conference in averaging 301 passing yards per game, while he’s thrown eight touchdowns and just three interceptions.  Junior Brandon Wilds has filled in admirably when Mike Davis is unable to go in the backfield, as he gained a season-high 93 rushing yards against the Bulldogs.

Vanderbilt snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 34-31 win over UMass as 16.5-point home favorites last week, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in three contests.  The Commodores are certainly undergoing a youth movement under first-year head coach Derek Mason, as they’ve had 21 new starters and a nation-leading 31 freshmen participants.  Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 9-8 SU and 10-7 ATS against conference opponents.

The Commodores are expecting big things out of redshirt freshman running back Ralph Webb, who ran for a career-high 116 yards and a game-winning touchdown against UMass.  Through three games, Webb is among the SEC’s top runners—ranking seventh with 281 rushing yards.  He’s running behind an offensive line that’s led by center Joe Townsend, who has 25 career starts at the position.

Sports bettors will likely back the Commodores due to the Gamecocks being 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings in this series.

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