Tennessee vs. So Carolina Prediction
Is Tennessee a good bet to cover as a double-digit road favorite tonight at South Carolina?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Volunteers are now 14-point road favorites versus the Gamecocks after opening as a 13-point favorite. As for the total, the number opened at 50.5 but has been bet up to 52, which is where it currently sits at the majority of online and Vegas sports books.
The Vols have won three straight games against the Gamecocks, which is Tennessee’s longest win streak over South Carolina since winning 12 in a row from 1993-2004.
According to ESPN.com’s Stats & Info, neither of these head coaches has lost to the opposing team. Butch Jones has beaten South Carolina in his only three matchups, while Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp has a perfect 4-0 career record against the Volunteers while at Florida.
OUR PREDICTION: The last four meetings between these two teams were all decided by three or fewer points. Tennessee surely benefitted from having last week off in order to re-focus following a slew of big games that mostly came down to the wire. But Joshua Dobbs’ 24.7 total QBR in the first half this season is the sixth-worst among 128 qualified FBS quarterbacks according to ESPN.com. The backfield for Tennessee is loaded with talent but the Vols’ offense has not fired on all cylinders since the start of the season. Therefore, it’s asking a lot for bettors to lay two full touchdowns on a road team that has been inconsistent as a whole this season. If South Carolina can hang tough defensively, and the Gamecocks should, I like them to cover.
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