The number 5 Tennessee volunteers (9-1, 5-1 SEC) Visit Williams-Brice Stadium to take on the South Carolina gamecocks (6-4, 3-4) Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below we analyze the lines of Tipico Sportsbook around the Tennessee versus South Carolina opportunitiesand do our college football picks and predictions from the experts.
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The Vols go into this game with a remarkable 8-2 against the spread (ATS) record. Most recently, they emerged as an 18.5-point favorite in a 66-24 win over Missouri last Saturday.
Tennessee is led by QB Hendon hooker, who has 2,888 yards and 24 touchdowns; WR Jalin Hyatt was his main weapon at 1,116 yards.
South Carolina, a 9-point underdog, failed to cover against Florida and lost 38-6. It has swapped between covering and non-covering in the last 4 games and is only 1-2 ahead in the last 3.
The Gamecocks are led by QB Spencer Rattlerwho has 1,982 yards and 8 touchdowns against 9 interceptions.
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Tennessee to South Carolina odds
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- Money Line (ML): Tennessee -1400 (bet $1,400 to win $100) | South Carolina +750 (bet $100 to win $750)
- Against Spread (ATS): Tennessee -21.5 (-115) | South Carolina +21.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 66.5 (O: -112 | B: -108)
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Selection and Predictions for Tennessee in South Carolina
Tennessee 45, South Carolina 24
There’s just no value here on either side.
against the spread
LEAN SOUTH CAROLINA +21.5 (-105).
Tennessee will most likely receive the bulk of betting as the public favorite, and rightly so. However, USC is 3-3 ATS at home this season.
Tennessee’s defense has also taken a step recently, having allowed 24 or more points in 2 straight games and in 4 of the last 5. The Vols offense is averaging 47.4 points per game and will face a USC offense averaging just 28.6.
Rattler has yet to show his full potential this season but he has only 1 interception in his last 4 games. If he can play turnoverless soccer at home, the Gamecocks could keep him within 3 points.
BET OVER 66.5 (-112).
Tennessee’s offense is just too fast and beating bad opponents too much to play anything else. Likewise, USC has scored 30 or more points in 4 of their last 7 games.
Hooker and the Vols’ offense, who ranks #1 in yards and points per game, is 6-4 O/U in his last 10 and is still scoring 40 or more in 2 of those under-hitting bouts.
With the USC attack heating up lately and the Gamecocks being at home, they should be able to produce while the Vols attack has consistently proven to be the best in the nation.
Back the OVER 66.5 (-112).
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