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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 6
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Saturday, October 9th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm EST
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Gamecocks +10 / Volunteers -10
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Gamecocks +325 | Volunteers -425
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 52
The Tennessee Volunteers host the South Carolina Gamecocks in week 6 action. Both teams earned wins last Saturday to enter at 3-2.
The UT Vols defend Rocky Top as ten-point favorites following their surprise 62-24 rout vs. host Missouri. That contest saw Tennessee gain 458 ground yards, and 683 total yards.
It appears the Josh Huepel playbook is developing into an expected challenge for SEC offerings.
Meanwhile, South Carolina has tamed its early non-conference foes, but remains winless vs. Southeastern Conference fare. The Gamecocks dropped matchups to Georgia and Kentucky while struggling offensively.
Given UT’s latest work, they are well priced at -10 odds opposite a South Carolina group idling in first gear.
South Carolina Gamecocks
The Gamecocks have work ahead if they hope to reverse course and gain their first 2021 conference win. Overall, USC averages 22.4 points and allows 17.4. While the defensive number is stout on paper, it was largely built against Troy, Eastern Carolina and Eastern Illinois.
Georgia tacked 40 points on Shane Beamer’s shaky secondary. Tennessee will apply further pressure this weekend behind confident Hendon Hooker.
The one hopeful recent Gamecock effort came against no. 16 Kentucky. South Carolina ultimately lost vs. the Wildcats, but not before dragging UK into a defensive struggle. Granted Kentucky hasn’t opened the scoring floodgates this year, however, South Carolina had winning chances that week. A similar performance on Saturday would likely beat the spread and is definitely worth considering.
Luke Doty paces a fair USC passing game with 566 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Backup Zeb Noland adds 396 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Overall, South Carolina adds 205 passing yards per game. Unfortunately, the running attack is almost non-existent for the Gamecocks, and a major reason why they’ve struggled this decade.
Aerial offense looks like South Carolina’s only hope vs. a UT group stuffing the run, but allowing 235 passing yards each week.
Weeks have passed and Josh Huepel has UT hitting its stride. While the Rocky Top faithful sought immediate results, Huepel’s uptempo philosophy needed time to adjust.
UT burned favorite Missouri from all angles. Hendon Hooker added 15 of 19 for 225 yards, three scores and no picks. With the pass game settled, Tennessee turned to feature back Tiyon Evans. Evans responded with 156 yards to headline the Vols’ 458 yard, five touchdown ground attack. Hooker boosted his efficient passing with 80 rushing yards and an end zone trot.
Defensively, the Vols registered 8 tackles for loss and held the Tigers to 74 ground yards. The wide reciever trio of Velus Jones, Cedric Tillman & Javonta Payton each scored to cap UT’s explosive 62-24 statement vs. Mizzou.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Tennessee is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing South Carolina
- Tennessee is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against South Carolina
- South Carolina is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of South Carolina’s last 7 games on the road
- South Carolina is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Tennessee
Free Week 6 NCAA Football Pick
The spread is reasonable for this weekend’s matchup of SEC East teams looking to keep pace with UGA and Florida.
4* Free Week 6 NCAA Betting Pick: Tennessee Covers
While the Volunteers were offensive dynamite vs. Missouri, the onus lies on UT to prove it can maintain stride vs. South Carolina. Expect another outburst from Evans as Hooker mixes things up as UT covers its spread this weekend.
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