The Vanderbilt Commodores (2-5) head to Columbia this weekend for an SEC East showdown with the South Carolina Gamecocks (3-5). Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST on November 2nd at Williams-Brice Stadium and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Taking a look at the Week 10 college football odds, South Carolina opened as a 14.5-point home favorite earlier this week. The spread hasn’t moved at all early betting, as the Gamecocks are currently available at -14.5. The total for the game is sitting at 51 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: South Carolina vs Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt snapped a two game losing streak their last time out, beating Missouri 21-14 at home to improve to 2-5 on the season overall. The Commodores had a 14-7 lead at the half and managed to hold on down the stretch, trading touchdowns with the Tigers en route to a seven-point victory. Mo Hasan and Riley Neal both threw touchdown passes while Ke’Shawn Vaughn racked up 96 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Vaughn also led the way for the receiving corps, making four catches for 80 yards and his second touchdown of the day. As a whole, Vanderbilt gained over 300 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns in the win.
The Commodores had a solid outing on the other side of the ball against Missouri, holding the Tigers to under 300 total yards of offense and only two touchdowns. Vanderbilt was especially strong defending against the pass, as they only gave up 140 yards through the air and also recorded an interception.
South Carolina lost their second straight game last weekend, falling 41-21 on the road against Tennessee to drop to just 3-5 on the season overall. The Gamecocks gave up 14 unanswered points in the third quarter and never recovered, getting completely shutout over the final 30 minutes of the game en route to a double-digit defeat. QB Ryan Hilinski went 28/51 for 319 yards and a touchdown through the air while Tavien Feaster and Mon Denson both found the end zone on the ground. Shi Smith torched the Volunteers secondary, hauling in a game-high 11 receptions for 156 yards and a score. Overall, South Carolina generated well over 400 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns despite coming up well short on the scoreboard.
The Gamecocks were very poor defensively against Tennessee, surrendering almost 500 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. South Carolina had no answer for WR Jauan Jennings, as he exploded for 174 yards and two touchdowns on just seven receptions.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: OVER 51
While I do think that South Carolina should win this game outright with relative ease, I’m not really all that excited about laying over two touchdowns in order to take the Gamecocks against the spread. I have no doubt that they should be extremely motivated here in Week 10 after suffering an embarrassing 20-point loss on the road last weekend. However, they have really struggled defensively at times as of late, surrendering almost 80 total points in just their last two games combined. While Vanderbilt certainly doesn’t have a powerhouse offense, they should still be able to find a decent amount of success on the road this weekend after scoring at least three touchdowns four times this year already.
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It is also important to note that South Carolina has really been involved in some high scoring games at home recently, as the total has gone OVER in three out of their first four home games this year. The OVER also came through in the last meeting between these two SEC East rivals at Williams-Brice Stadium, as they combined for over 60 points in a 34-27 South Carolina victory. Even though I would still take the Gamecocks against the spread if forced to pick a side, I’d rather take my chances with the OVER on 51 total points scored Saturday evening.