|ESPN College Football Game of the Week Odds: South Carolina vs. LSU|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Friday, 12 October 2012 07:30|
South Carolina vs. LSU Odds
South Carolina is 6-0 on the year, 4-0 in the SEC and 2-0 on the road. LSU is 5-1 overall, 1-1 in the SEC and 4-0 at home. The Gamecocks are 5-1 against the spread this year while the Tigers are 2-4 ATS. LSU is 10-1 all-time when hosting South Carolina.
Trends show that South Carolina is 7-0 against the spread in its last 7 games played on grass and 6-0 ATS in its last 6 games against a team with a winning record. LSU is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv LSU is a slight favorite at home in this game, as the Tigers have odds of -2.5 points against South Carolina. The over/under total for the game has been set at 40.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds had LSU as a 3-point favorite. The spread bounced back and forth all week between 3 points and 2 points before closing at LSU -2.5.
South Carolina is 6-0 on the year after a 35-7 win at home over Georgia last week. The Gamecocks have won their last five games by at least 21 points. South Carolina is holding opponents to just 10.5 points per game this year while scoring an average of 36.3 points per contest. Leading the teams this year has been running back Marcus Lattimore, who has 549 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
LSU is coming off a 14-6 loss to Florida on the road last week. The Tigers have scored just 18 total points in two SEC games this year. In the loss to the Gators, LSU was held to just 200 total yards of offense, including only 42 rushing yards. The defense did keep Florida down to 237 total yards, but it wasn’t enough to win. On the season, LSU is giving up only 12.8 points per game, but the Tigers rely on a heavy run game, averaging 198.3 yards per game on the ground. Kenny Hilliard is leading the way on the ground, as he has 382 yards and six touchdowns this season.
In terms of Injuries, South Carolina defensive tackle Byron Jerideau and cornerback Akeem Auguste are both questionable with ankle injuries. For LSU, guard Josh Williford is questionable with a concussion.
The Public Bets for this game are backing South Carolina. The Gamecocks are getting 66% of the wagers with odds of +2.5 points at LSU on Saturday.