|College Football Betting Odds: South Carolina wins set at 9.5 for 2014|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:00|
South Carolina win total odds
COLUMBIA, SC (TheSpread) – South Carolina has been on the cusp of something big for many seasons. Will 2014 be the year the Gamecocks breakout?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the over/under win total odds for South Carolina has been set at 9.5 this season. The over has odds of +100, while the under has a money line of -130.
South Carolina is entering its 10th year under coach Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks are coming off a 10-2 season a year ago with a 6-2 mark in the SEC. South Carolina closed the year winning six straight, including a win in the Capital One Bowl.
This year, South Carolina has a solid core back on both ends. Offensively, the team has seven starters back from a unit that averaged 34.1 points and 452.3 yards per game. Senior Dylan Thompson will be under center after seeing limited time in 2013, but he does have Mike Davis back in the backfield. Davis had 1,183 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013 and will be the focal point of the offense. The Gamecocks also have a veteran offensive line, which should help Davis push closer to 1,500 yards on the ground.
Defensively, South Carolina returns six starters from a group that averaged just 20.3 points and 350 yards allowed per game. Both of those stats ranked in the top 20 in the country. The big questions come on the line, where the team must replace Jadeveon Clowney on the end and All-American Kelcy Quarles at tackle. Linebacker Skai Moore had 56 tackles as a freshman and will be back this year to lead the backers. Moore also had four interceptions in 2013. There are some depth concerns in the secondary which could lead to some players moving to different positions to avoid starting freshmen.
South Carolina has its usual challenging schedule, starting the season with Texas A&M. The Gamecocks will host the likes of the Aggies, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, but hit the road to meet Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Auburn and Florida. South Carolina will also close the season on the road against non-conference rival, Clemson. South Carolina is expected to contend for the SEC East and a win over Georgia may put it in the driver’s seat. If the Gamecocks can start strong and beat A&M and Georgia at home, they shouldn’t have any trouble getting to 10 wins.