Free Belk Bowl Prediction: Gamecocks vs Cavaliers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: 2018 Belk Bowl
(7-5) South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Virginia Cavaliers (7-5)
Date: Saturday, December 29 2018
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Gamecocks -4
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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South Carolina always seems to have just enough talent to tease but ultimately winds up disappointing. They really didn’t do much this season.
Virginia is trying to get back to being a winning program consistently under coach Bronco Mendenhall so this helps them out more.
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It was a weird bit of scheduling but the Gamecocks finished the season with a rout of Akron. They did not have a signature win beating only poor SEC teams and out of conference opponents. They might not get up for this one.
All season long the modus operandi for the Gamecocks was to get the ball to Deebo Samuel as much as possible and any way possible. That will not be the case for this one as he has declared for the draft and won’t be playing. How they play without him will be interesting.
Usually South Carolina fields good defenses but this year they have been ho hum. Generally they are able to get good athletes on that side of the ball so it is hard to tell why they have not been more stout. They are 91st in yards allowed.
It was a great season in Charlottesville and would have been a great season overall if the Cavaliers had been able to have any modicum of success away from home. At home they beat Miami which is always a thrill but they closed with two road losses including at rival Virginia Tech in OT.
The offense led by QB Bryce Perkins was solid bu unspectacular. The good news is that he wsa just a junior and has shown enough to think he can better next season as senior. He is a dual threat who accounted for 31 total touchdowns.
The Virginia defense has been good this season. They are 25th in yards allowed and gave up just 21ppg. They have a good chance in this one of slowing down South Carolina with their disciplined style and the fact that they are missing their best weapon.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Bowl games.
- Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games.
- Over is 5-0 in Cavaliers last 5 neutral site games.
- Over is 5-0 in Cavaliers last 5 Bowl games.
- Over is 5-0 in Cavaliers last 5 bowl games.
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This is all new stuff but I don’t like the trend of top players abandoning their teams for the Bowls. I know the teams have time to prepare but I think overall it is tough to play one way for a season and then try and do different things at the end.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Virginia +4
Backing an underdog in bowls is always my default and then I see if I can talk myself out of it. In this case it is hard. UVA has a strong defense and competes well. They probably are happier and being in this spot too. They are also well coached.
The Cavaliers are not going to run away with it though, that is just not the kind of team they have. It will be methodical but they can get a solid win over the SEC.
Belk Bowl Free Score Prediction: Virginia 34 – South Carolina 27
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