(The Spread) – After kicking quarterback Stephen Garcia out of the program earlier this week, No. 13 South Carolina will travel to Starkville to take on Mississippi State today at Noon.

Odds: Oddsmakers have installed the visiting Gamecocks as 3-point road favorites against the Bulldogs on Saturday, while the over/under total for this game is currently sitting at 47 points. South Carolina enters the game with a 5-1 record overall and a 3-3 mark against the spread, while Mississippi State is 3-3 on the year and 1-5 against the spread.

Line Movement: Mississippi State opened as 3.5-point underdog at the Las Vegas Hilton earlier this week and since then the line has dropped. The spread got as low as 2 by midweek but now is back up to 3 at most sports books. The over/under total is sitting between 46.5 and 47 around the web and in Vegas.

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Public Betting: Of the 6,000-plus wagers on today’s game, 80% of college football public bettors currently favor South Carolina. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link provided to ensure that you’re viewing the most up-to-date public betting numbers.

College Football Free Pick: Take the Bulldogs. According to latest college football trends, Mississippi State is 7-2 against the spread in its last nine home games versus a team with a winning road record and 12-5-1 ATS in its last 18 home games as an underdog of 0.5 to 3.0 points. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks are 2-6 against the number in their last eight games following an ATS win and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.


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