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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(2-0) Marshall Thundering Herd vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 15 2018
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Gamecocks -13.5
NCAA Betting Total: 46.5
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Playing in Conference USA Marshall is often underrated but more often than not under coach Doc Holliday this is a winning program that can put a scare into nearly any opponent. This looks like one of those times to me.
South Carolina had a chance last week to grab some eyeballs but they could not compete with Georgia, few can right now. This is a game where they are looking to bounce back at home. They need it before hitting the road for the first time this season. .
Marshall Thundering Herd
The Thundering Herd have put up pedestrian numbers but they have got the wins they needed to start the season. Now they have back to back games against the Power 5 with a visit from NC State next week. Both games are opportunities. .
Quarterback Isaiah Green is just a sophomore but he saw no action a year ago. He has looked green at times but overall pretty good. The key in this one will be avoiding mistakes to give his team a chance. Tyre Brady started his career at Miami and is a playmaker at receiver.
Marshall always wants to pull you in but I think the result in this one is more confirmation of their threat to the rest of CUSA, not emergence as a national story. I just don’t see them having enough athletes to get the job done.
South Carolina Gamecocks
Most were expecting the Gamecocks to put up a real right against the Dawgs. The truth is South Carolina just made too many mistakes and though they might not be that far off they are not as elite talent wise as Georgia.
This week they will feel like they are flying as they enjoy a similar edge over Marshall and Jake Betley is likely to cut down on his mistakes. With less pressure to maximize every possession the offense will be able to get more in sync.
I think this one might be a little sluggish early as it is a natural letdown spot even coming off the loss. Look for the Gamecocks to lock in on Deebo Samuel in a way where he can be a difference maker. Marshall has no obvious counter.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Thundering Herd are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Over is 5-0 in Thundering Herd last 5 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Thundering Herd are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games on grass.
- Over is 7-0 in Gamecocks last 7 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Over is 6-0 in Gamecocks last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Over is 4-0 in Gamecocks last 4 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
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I am not seeing much value in this line at the moment. Not likely that there is going to be a ton of action that is likely to move it either.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under 46.5
I am definitely not expecting another letdown for South Carolina. They will win because they are better athletes in almost all spots and that will power a win.
The Gamecocks rebound in this spot but it is likely a pass or a possible teaser situation. They won’t give up a ton or score a ton.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: South Carolina 31 – Marshall 19
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