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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(2-0) Kentucky Wildcats vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (2-0)
Date: Saturday, September 16th
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: South Carolina -6.5
NCAA Betting Total: 50.5
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It’s an SEC showdown between two teams who are both currently 2-0 on the season. The Kentucky Wildcats make the trip to Columbia, South Carolina to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Kentucky has won the last three match ups played between the two teams. Last year the Wildcats won by a final score of 17-10.
The first game of the year the Kentucky Wildcats made a lot of their fans nervous because they only beat the Southern Miss Golden Eagles by seven points, and most felt like it should be a lot more then that.
But a lot of those worries were eased in their last game against Eastern Kentucky. They built an early lead and never looked back on the way to a 27-16 victory.
Quarterback Stephen Johnson has looked good so far this year throwing for 400 yards and two touchdowns. He has also rushed for 58 yards and added on another two touchdowns.
But it doesn’t matter how good the offense does if the defense can’t perform. The defense needs to step up and be better then they were the first two weeks because this is a big step up in competition.
Now I don’t mean they need hold the Gamecocks to only ten points, because there is no chance that happens. But they need to be good early on and try not to make this game into a shootout.
South Carolina Gamecocks
On the other side of this match up is the South Carolina Gamecocks who have all the confidence in the world coming into this game. They have beat two power five conference teams to start the season, and they looked dominating doing so.
They started off the season beating NC State by the final score of 35-28, and then beat the Missouri Tigers by a final score of 31-13.
The most impressive part of that game against the Tigers was the defense. They have a high powered offense and the fact they held them to only 13 points really opened up a lot of peoples eyes.
Deebo Samuel has been a Mr. do it all for the Gamecocks so far this season. He comes into this game having accounted for 352 all purpose yards and five touchdowns.
The Gamecocks try to get him involved in anyway possible and I would look for the same in this game, as they try to move to 3-0 on the season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 11-4-1 in UK last 16 conference games.
- Under is 7-3 in UK last 10 road games.
- Under is 11-5 in UK last 16 games in September.
- Under is 10-1 in SOCAR last 11 conference games.
- SOCAR are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
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The Wildcats are going to do everything in their power to keep it close early, but I just don’t see that happening in this one.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: South Carolina -6.5
The Gamecocks offense will come out early and set the pace and the defense will slow down the Wildcats. I think this game is going to get really ugly early.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: South Carolina 35 – Kentucky 17
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