South Carolina vs. Tennessee - 10/27/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee Volunteers (3-4) at South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Williams-Brice Stadium)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tennessee Volunteers and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet in week 9 SEC college football action from Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night.
The Tennessee Volunteers will look for a win to get back to .500 this season after falling to 3-4 with a 58-21 loss to Alabama in their last outing. Jarrett Guarantano has thrown for 1,192 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 63% passing while Tim Jordan has rushed for 334 yards and Jeremy Banks and Madre London have each racked up 3 rushing TDs this season. Josh Palmer, Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway each have 300+ receiving yards while Ty Chandler has 3 receiving TDs this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 351.6 yards of total offense and 25.9 points per game this season.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks will be out to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first 6 games this season following a 26-23 loss to Texas A&M in their last outing. Jake Bentley has thrown for 1,151 yards, 10 touchdowns and 7 picks on 60.5% passing this season while Rico Dowdle leads the Gamecocks with 356 rushing yards. Deebo Samuel leads South Carolina with 33 catches for 382 yards and 4 touchdowns while Bryan Edwards has 351 yards and 5 receiving TDs this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 405.5 yards of total offense and 28.8 points per game this season.
Tennessee is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 conference games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. South Carolina is 9-4-3 ATS in their last 16 conference games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The underdog has dominated this matchup and I'm liking that trend as I see this being a close game between two teams that are more evenly matched than one would think. The Gamecocks have been solid within the SEC, but I just don't trust the Gamecocks right now, so while I think they win this game at home, I'm predicting it's by a field goal or 4 points so I'll take a stab with Tennessee plus the hook.