Clemson vs. South Carolina Spread Pick
Tonight, in-state rivals South Carolina and Clemson will meet at 7:00 p.m. ET in Death Valley. Listed as a massive favorite, will the Tigers cover the spread while staying unbeaten on the season or will the Gamecocks at least give their rivals a game?
151 South Carolina at 152 Clemson
7:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, November 24, 2018
Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Tigers are 26.5-point favorites to beat the Gamecocks. The total, meanwhile, sits at 58 points. As of this writing, 58% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Gamecocks.
South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina junior QB Jake Bentley completed 25-of-29 passes for 339 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 49-9 win against Chattanooga. Bentley did his thing and then put on a ball cap, giving way to Michael Scarnecchia, Jay Urich and Dakereon Joyner, as all three of those backup signal callers completed at least one pass in the 40-point victory. Bentley obviously did the most damage as the Gamecocks officially became bowl eligible. They'll travel to Clemson next Saturday night before hosting Akron on Dec. 1.
Clemson freshman QB Trevor Lawrence completed 21-of-38 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-6 victory over Duke on Saturday. Lawrence (6'6/215) also ran for 26 yards. The completion percentage here isn't ideal, but, it's also misleading. The Tigers had a major case of what we call the "dropsies," and several beautiful throws from the freshman signal-caller. He did miss on a couple of throws early, but most of the evening he was excellent and showed why he's as talented of a freshman quarterback as we've seen in some time. Lawrence has another chance for a big game next Saturday against South Carolina.
The Gamecocks are 10-3-2 against the spread in their last 15 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
The Tigers are 5-1 against the number in their last six games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous contest.
Clemson has dominated opponents of late but with the ACC title game on deck, I see South Carolina giving the Tigers more of a game than oddsmakers expect. The Gamecocks are 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine road games, are 11-4 against the number in their last 15 games against the ACC, and are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against an opponent with a winning record. Meanwhile, the Tigers have failed to cover in five of their last seven home games and in all four of their last four non-conference matchups.
College Football Prediction: South Carolina Gamecocks +26.5