Free Week 2 Prediction: Wildcats vs Gamecocks Odds
Week 2 College football betting sees the Kentucky Wildcats taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday September 12th at Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South CarolinaCappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Kentucky Wildcats (1-0) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0)
Date:Saturday September 12th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: South Carolina -7
NCAA Betting Total: 57.0
SEC play comes early as the Kentucky Wildcats travel to South Carolina for a Week 2 conference opener.
Both teams come in off Week 1 victories, but they came against very different competition levels.
South Carolina kicked off the D1 season with a battle of cross state rival North Carolina. The Gamecocks got a late touchdown rush to secure a 17-14 win.
The Wildcats rushed out against UL Lafayette, but needed a late defensive stop to hold on to move to 1-0.
The time is realistically now for Kentucky. The boosters put belief in them and did a complete renovation of the football complexes.
In Week 1, they broke in their newly renovated 120 million dollar stadium with a 40-33 win. Kentucky blew a 23 point lead, but gave the crowd an exciting finish with a 12 yard TD run in the final minute to secure the win.
QB Patrick Towles threw for 257 yards and 3 touchdowns, but really became a non entity in the 2nd half during Kentucky’s downfall. Towles main target was WR Garret Johnson who had 85 yards receiving with a touchdown.
RB Stanley Williams led the rushing attack with 135 yards and touchdown. However, the game winning touchdown went to RB Mikel Horton who ran in from 12 yards out.
South Carolina really didn’t look all that well in Week 1 as they were trying to get their young team some experience. With so many question marks coming into the game, grabbing a win against a UNC team that returned their entire offensive core is impressive.
The Gamecocks needed 2 interceptions in the end zone and a late TD rush themselves to secure a 17-14 win.
If South Carolina hopes to compete in the SEC, QB Connor Mitch must be more impressive than he was in Week 1. Mitch threw for only 122 yards and rushed for 47, but rarely had much of an impact.
The Gamecocks used their many weapons in the backfield to their advantage. Carolina had 4 running backs gain at least 40 yards and saw Shon Carson break free for a 48 yard run in the final minutes to give the Gamecocks their only lead of the game.
WR Paroh Cooper is expected to be one of the top receivers in the SEC. With such a young offensive team all around, UNC was able to focus mostly on him and even double team him on occasions.
Cooper had only 3 receptions which will likely be a major problem if that continues. However, Spurrier also put Cooper in the backfield many times out of the wildcat that showed some success.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
- Wildcats are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games.
- Gamecocks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in September.
- Gamecocks are 9-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Prediction
Both teams struggled in Week 1, but used some late clutch play to get themselves to 1-0. South Carolina will need to find a way to get Cooper the ball, while Kentucky must simply improve defensively.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Kentucky ATS
The Wildcats had a big lead early and looked very impressive doing so. South Carolina really never impressed, but still found a way to get a late clutch run to save them. That being said, Kentucky played a more complete game last week and they are much improved team. This should be a close game with the winner being decided late.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: South Carolina 21- Kentucky 20
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