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Road Warrior Volunteers Visit Faltering Gamecocks

Jauan Jennings

The Tennessee Volunteers aim for a fourth consecutive straight-up win as a road favorite on Saturday night, when they battle the South Carolina Gamecocks in a Week 9 matchup between SEC rivals at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Shark Bites
  • South Carolina is 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in its last five games after a win.
  • The total has gone OVER in Tennessee's last five games against its conference.
  • Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last seven games after a loss.

The Volunteers enjoyed a hard-earned bye last weekend following four straight clashes with nationally ranked squads, including a 49-10 blowout loss to No. 1 Alabama as 14-point home underdogs two weeks ago. Tennessee also dropped a 45-38 decision to No. 8 Texas A&M in Week 5, which ended an 11-game SU win streak, 6-5 ATS.

South Carolina escaped with a 34-28 win over Massachusetts last week, failing to cover as big 19.5-point home chalk in its second straight ATS loss on home turf. It has been two years since the Gamecocks last recorded back-to-back SU wins, but they are 6-1 ATS in their past seven while pegged as home underdogs by a double-digit margin.

Tennessee has held the upper hand in recent meetings with the Gamecocks, winning three straight, including a 45-42 win as 5.5-point underdogs in their last visit to South Carolina two years ago. However, South Carolina has enjoyed some home-field advantage, winning SU in three of its past four home dates against the Volunteers, but covering on just one occasion.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Tennessee Volunteers in this one found them as -14-point favorites on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.

A 33-19 result in favor of the Volunteers is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Tennessee Volunteers vs South Carolina Gamecocks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The South Carolina Gamecocks are 3-4 so far on the season, and 3-4 ATS vs the point spread. The Tennessee Volunteers, meanwhile, are 5-2 and 3-4 ATS. Those over under betting have seen South Carolina go 2-5 and the Tennessee Volunteers go 5-2 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and South Carolina vs Tennessee injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 82-rated South Carolina Gamecocks and the No. 26-rated Tennessee Volunteers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits South Carolina's No. 127-ranked offense, averaging 16.86 PPG, against a Tennessee defense that ranks No. 82 this week at 29.86 PPG. The South Carolina aerial game is averaging 210.57 yards per game, more than the Tennessee Volunteers secondary allows through the air, 207.71 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Tennessee Volunteers own the league's No. 113-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 267 yards per game when on the road. South Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 117 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tennessee didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Crimson Tide as Alabama blasted them 49-10 in Week 7 action.

Deebo Samuel hauled in 8 passes for 106 yards against the Massachusetts defense in the team's last game, leading South Carolina over the Minutemen 34-28 on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Tennessee is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee's last 6 games
  • Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tennessee is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • South Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • South Carolina is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of South Carolina's last 11 games
  • South Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tennessee home to Tennessee Tech, Saturday, November 5th
South Carolina home to Missouri, Saturday, November 5th

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