The #9 overall Florida Gators (6-1) travel to Columbia this weekend for an SEC East showdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3). Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on October 19th at Williams-Brice Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the Week 8 college football odds, Florida opened as a 5.5-point road favorite earlier this week. The spread has increased by half a point after early betting, as the Gators are currently listed at -6. The total for the game is sitting at 48 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: South Carolina vs Florida
Florida lost their first game of the season last weekend, falling 42-28 on the road against #5 overall LSU to drop to 6-1 on the year overall. The Gators were tied at halftime but completely unraveled over the final two quarters, getting outscored by the Tigers 21-7 en route to a double-digit defeat. QB Kyle Trask was 23/39 for 310 yards and three touchdowns through the air while also adding 21 rushing yards on ten carries. RB Lamical Perine also had a tough time getting anything going on the ground, recording only 65 yards on a team-high 17 carries. The dynamic receiving duo of Kyle Pitts and Van Jefferson certainly picked up the slack for the struggling running game, combining for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 13 catches. As a whole, Florida generated well over 400 total yards of offense and scored four touchdowns despite the loss.
The Gators defense had a rough outing against LSU, surrendering over 500 total yards of offense and six touchdowns. Florida got absolutely torched by Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, as the electric Tigers receiving tandem combined for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
South Carolina absolutely stunned #10 overall Georgia last weekend, as the Gamecocks pulled off a thrilling 20-17 win in overtime to get back to .500 on the season overall. The Bulldogs tied the game up in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get the job done in the extra period, giving up a winning field goal in the second OT session. QB Ryan Hilinski went 15/20 for 116 yards and a touchdown through the air, connecting with Bryan Edwards for the only offensive touchdown of the game for South Carolina. RB Rico Dowdle led the way on the ground, rushing for 79 yards on a team-high 21 carries. Overall, the offense gained well over 250 yards against a very tough Georgia defense.
The Gamecocks defense was outstanding against the Georgia offense, holding the Bulldogs to just two touchdowns despite giving up over 450 total yards. South Carolina was especially strong defending against the pass, as they forced three interceptions and only gave up a single touchdown to QB Jake Fromm.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: UNDER 48
This should be an extremely competitive SEC clash between two very evenly matched programs. While Florida clearly has the far superior record through the first seven weeks of the regular season, South Carolina has really had a tough schedule and certainly shouldn’t be underestimated – especially at home where they are a perfect 2-0 on the year. If I was forced to pick against the spread, I’d actually probably take the six points and roll with the home underdog. The Gamecocks certainly showed a ton of heart last weekend and really deserve a ton of credit after upsetting Georgia on the road in overtime. Still, I think the best value in this particular matchup is the UNDER on 48 total points scored. South Carolina has only given up 24 points combined over their last two games while the Gators have held their opponents to 21 or less points in six out of their seven outings since the start of the year.
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It is also important to note that the UNDER has come through in seven out of the last ten meetings between these two SEC East rivals. Over an even more recent time span, the total has gone UNDER in four out of the last five conference battles between South Carolina and Florida. It has also hit in five out of the Gators last seven games overall and in six out of the Gamecocks last eight games. I’m going to avoid both teams against the spread in a game that could go either way in favor of the UNDER on 48 points.