Free Outback Bowl Prediction: Wolverines vs Gamecocks Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Outback Bowl
(8-4) Michigan Wolverines vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (8-4)
Date: Monday, January 1st
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Michigan Wolverines -7.5
NCAA Betting Total: 43
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There are four games taken place on the first day of the New Year. The first game kicks off at noon at Raymond James Stadium.
The Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks will face off in the outback Bowl in this one.
Most people remember the last time these two teams played. In that game the Gamecocks Jadeveon Clowney laid the big hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith that popped off his helmet.
The Gamecocks went on to win that game 33-28. Overall the Gamecocks lead the all time series 2-1.
The Michigan Wolverines got out to a fast start to the season winning the four games of the season. Injuries derailed their season though, and they ended up with an 8-4 record to end the regular season including losing the last game of the season against Ohio State.
Against Ohio State they actually got off to a fast start but blew the lead, and the Buckeyes came storming back, and the Wolverines ended up losing 31-20.
For the Wolverines their strength all year was on the defensive side of the ball. Coming into this game they are only giving up only 18.2 points per game which is 13th in the country.
Through the air the Wolverines were only giving up 142.7 yards per game which was tops in the country.
On the offensive side of the ball is where the Wolverines had issues this year. They are averaging 25.8 points per game which isn’t terrible, but with such a good defense, if a little better offense was present, it could be a whole different story this year.
For the Wolverines to win this game, of course the defense is going to need to be good, but the offense needs to be good, and not turn the ball over.
South Carolina Gamecocks
On the other side of this match up is the South Carolina Gamecocks who have also had an up and down season and come into this game with an 8-4 record, and were 5-3 in conference play.
For the Gamecocks they beat the teams they were supposed to beat, and lost to teams that most people expected they would lose to.
In their last game against Clemson the Gamecocks offense really struggled and that led to a 34-10 defeat, and left a sour note in their mouth.
For the Gamecocks their strength is also on the defensive side of the ball. Coming into this game they giving up only 20.8 points per game which is 27th in the country.
To win this game the defense is going to need to be good, and try to force the Wolverines to turn over the ball a few times.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Wolverines are 2-6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Wolverines are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Wolverines are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win.
- Gamecocks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games.
- Gamecocks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Gamecocks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Bowl games.
Free Outback Bowl NCAA Football Pick
I think this will be a real battle with both defenses really stepping up in this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks +7.5
The Wolverines are the better team, but the Gamecocks will do enough to keep it close and cover the spread.
Outback Bowl Free Score Prediction: Michigan 21 – South Carolina 17
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