Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks: College Football Week 12 Betting Odds and Picks

Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Saturday, 11/16/13, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  South Carolina -11
Current Betting Line:  South Carolina -13.5
Opening Total:  44
Current Total:  41.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The South Carolina Gamecocks have won 15 consecutive home games
The South Carolina Gamecocks have won 15 consecutive home games

Florida has lost four games in a row, including a 34-17 setback to the Vanderbilt Commodores as 12-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 41.  The Gators will be playing an opponent who has had more than one week to prepare for the fifth time this season, which is important to consider when making your college football betting picks in Week 12.  The team has struggled to keep a consistent lineup on the field due to injuries, with only five players starting all nine games thus far.  Florida is 6-4 SU and 2-8 ATS in November the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 5-4-1 in that situation.

The Gators rank 111th nationally in averaging 335.7 yards per game, while their defense is behind only four teams in allowing 278.8.  Florida is averaging 146.0 rushing yards per game, which is 42.1 yards per game fewer than its SEC-leading figure from a year ago—something to take into account when looking over the college football betting lines.  Nine players have suffered season-ending injuries, including six of those to potential starters.

South Carolina wraps up its Southeastern Conference schedule Saturday, as it looks to continue its two-game winning streak, which includes a 34-16 home victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Nov. 2.  The Gamecocks are 6-24-3 SU all-time against the Gators, but are 2-2 in Columbia under the direction of head coach Steve Spurrier, who of course is facing his alma mater.  The program is looking to establish a new school record by winning its 16th consecutive home game.  South Carolina is 5-1 SU and 3-3 ATS as home favorites of 10.5 to 14 points since 2011.

The Gamecocks are led by the play of quarterback Connor Shaw, who has compiled a 23-5 record during his time on campus.  Offensively, the team is averaging 456.4 yards per game of total offense, including 200.8 on the ground and 255.7 through the air.  South Carolina’s defense has held seven of its nine opponents below their season scoring average, with five held double-digits below that average.

Sports bettors will likely back the Gamecocks due to the home team covering the number in four of the last five meetings in this series.

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