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Betting line favors Gamecocks over Knights

South Carolina Gamecocks Central Florida Knight

No. 12 South Carolina step back out of SEC play for a dangerous non-conference road game against 3-0 Central Florida in Orlando Saturday afternoon (noon ET, ABC).

As of early this week the Gamecocks, coming off a dominating win over Vanderbilt, were favored by seven points over Coach O'Leary's Knights, who already own an upset of Penn State this season.

View South Carolina Gamecocks vs Central Florida Knights Odds and Stats.

The Knights were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as Bovada on college football lines. Watch for the over-under opener at SportBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Knights rated this week at No. 10 and the Gamecocks sitting at No. 40. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 47-29 result in favor of the Knights this week.

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Storm Johnson ran through the Penn State defense for 117 yards in Central Florida's last game, handing the Nittany Lions a 34-31 setback on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Central Florida's No. 44-ranked offense, averaging 36.67 PPG, against a Gamecocks defense that ranks No. 67 this week at 25.33 PPG. The Knights aerial game is averaging 277.33 yards per game, more than the Gamecocks secondary allows through the air, 216.67 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Gamecocks own the league's No. 28-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 112 yards per game when on the road. Central Florida, on the other hand, rates No. 89 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Gamecocks at Knights trends to consider:
South Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
South Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
South Carolina is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Carolina's last 5 games on the road
Central Florida is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Central Florida is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Central Florida's last 13 games
Central Florida is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
South Carolina at Kentucky, Saturday, October 5th
Central Florida at Memphis, Saturday, October 5th