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South Carolina vs UNC betting preview

Steve Spurrier enters his ninth season at South Carolina with potentially his best offense and as an 11-point favorite against UNC.

Senior quarterback Connor Shaw leads an attack that averaged 31.5 points last season and returns its entire starting offensive line.

The Gamecocks will be a tough matchup for a Tar Heels’ defense that has been described as a work in progress. Two UNC projected starters were lost for the season during camp, and injuries sidelined many others in August. Things got so bad that a tight end and wide receiver were forced to move over to the defensive side, just so the Heels’ would have enough to practice.

The total was sitting at 56.5 eary in the week. UNC is just 1-5 ATS in its past 6 road games.

South Carolina has lost just twice as a double-digit home favorite since 2004 (Auburn in 2011 and Vandy in 2007)

View North Carolina vs South Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Tar Heels in this one found them as 11.5-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at Bovada. The total was hovering around 56 at Sportsbook.ag.

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North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing in August are 2-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 8-2

South Carolina Gamecocks Trends:
When playing in August are 5-0
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the conference are 10-0

A few Tar Heels at Gamecocks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games
North Carolina is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 6 games on the road
North Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
South Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

Next up:
North Carolina home to Middle Tennessee, Saturday, September 7
South Carolina at Georgia, Saturday, September 7