College Football Week 7 Picks Against the Spread: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. LSU Tigers

No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks at No. 9 LSU Tigers
Saturday, 10/13/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  LSU -4
Current Betting Line:  LSU -3
Opening Total:  42.5
Current Total:  40.5
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The South Carolina Gamecocks and LSU Tigers are both playing back-to-back weeks against top-10 opponents

South Carolina has won a school-record 10 straight games, which includes a dominating 35-7 win over the Georgia Bulldogs as one-point home favorites last week, while going UNDER the posted total of 54.5.  “Every week’s the same around here as far as getting ready for the opponent we play,” stated Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier.  The program is shooting for its second-ever 7-0 start, while facing a second top-10 opponent in as many weeks.  South Carolina is 1-2 ATS as a road underdog, while the OVER is 2-1 in those contests.

The Gamecocks are 2-16-1 all-time against Saturday’s opponent, with the only win in Baton Rouge coming in 1994.  Spurrier should give his locker room some confidence, considering he’s gone 11-3 all-time against LSU.  All eyes will be on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney when that particular unit is on the field, coming in with 5.5 sacks, while the team has 22 total.  On the other side of the football, running back Marcus Lattimore has accounted for 364 yards and three touchdowns in the last two games.

LSU will lean heavily on head coach Les Miles’ 17-1 record following a loss, as it looks to bounce back from a disappointing 14-6 setback to the Florida Gators as two-point road favorites.  The Tigers have failed to cover the spread in their last three games, but they’ve often done their best work inside Tiger Stadium.  The team’s last 10 home wins have come by an average of 32.6 points, while it enters with the nation’s longest home win streak of 21 games, which also happens to be a school record.  LSU is 2-0 ATS off a loss against a conference rival.

The Tigers are certainly up against it in terms of the schedule, as their next four opponents have combined to tally an impressive 20-1 record.  LSU has won four straight in this series, with Miles coming up on the winning end in each of his two tries, including a 24-17 win as 1.5-point road favorites on Oct. 18, 2008.  The last time the program lost two games during the month of October came in 2008.

Sports bettors will likely back the Gamecocks due to their 6-0 ATS mark versus teams with a winning record, while the Tigers are 0-4 ATS after rushing for 100 or fewer yards.

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