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Vanderbilt Commodores vs South Carolina Gamecocks Odds
The South Carolina Gamecocks, after losing their SEC opener to Georgia, go looking for their first conference victory when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores (1-1) Saturday evening in Columbia (7 pm ET).
As of early this week Carolina (1-1), which has won four in a row in this series, was favored by 13 points over Vandy, which has covered the spread in four of its last six meetings with the Gamecocks.
But South Carolina is 11-2 SU in the past 13 meetings.
Betting Line: Bettors looking to side with the Gamecocks in this one found them as 12.5-point favorites at GTbets.eu. The over under number was slated to open a short time later.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Gamecocks, currently No. 88 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Commodores, who rate No. 47 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 43-31 victory for the Commodores.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up South Carolina's No. 69-ranked offense (28.5 PPG) against a Commodores defense that ranks No. 47 at 21 PPG. The Gamecocks passing attack has averaged 203 yards per game, more than the Commodores give up through the air (168.5 YPG on average).
In their last action, Vanderbilt was a 38-3 winner at home against Austin Peay. They failed to cover the 47.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (41) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Jordan Matthews was good for 111 receiving yards in the Commodores's most recent action, helping his team to a 38-3 victory over the Governors.
South Carolina was a 41-30 loser in its last match on the road against Georgia. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 71 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Mike Davis tore up the turf for 149 rushing yards in the latest Gamecocks game, a 41-30 loss to the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium.
Vanderbilt Commodores Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 5-5
South Carolina Gamecocks Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 7-3
A few Commodores at Gamecocks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vanderbilt's last 5 games when playing South Carolina
Vanderbilt is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Vanderbilt is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vanderbilt's last 6 games
South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Carolina's last 5 games when playing Vanderbilt
South Carolina is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
South Carolina is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Vanderbilt
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South Carolina at Central Florida, Saturday, September 28