Free Week 8 Prediction: Minutemen vs Gamecocks Odds
Looking for UMass Minutemen vs. South Carolina Gamecocks free picks? Week 8 College football betting sees the Minutemen taking on the Gamecocks Saturday October 22nd at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(1-6) UMass Minutemen vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (2-4)
Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 12:oo pm EST
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: NIU -20.5
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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One prolonged streak of ineptitude will vanish when South Carolina hosts UMass this Saturday from Williams-Brice Stadium.
Smart money says the Gamecocks will tally their first victory since week three while extending the Minutemen’s win drought to five consecutive weeks. However, both floundering units are desperate for victory, and will empty their competitive coffers.
Much to the chagrin of their win-deprived fanbases, triumph has eluded both teams in their combined past seven outings. Overall, the Gamecocks (2-4) rank last in FBS scoring at 14 ppg.
Head Coach Will Muschamp’s listless offense tallies a meager 304.5 ypg (126th FBS).
Likewise, UMass’ gaping defense yields 468 ypg (111th FBS) and 33.3 ppg. Something has to give when South Carolina’s impotent offense meets UMass’ non-existent defense.
The woebegone Minutemen were plowed by a pedestrian Louisiana Tech offering last weekend. UMass surrendered 56 points, en route to a fourth consecutive defeat.
UMass’ porous defense allowed 690 yards of total offense while committing four costly turnovers.
Mired in a gloomy spate of defeats, the Minutemen’s lone week seven silver lining was the performance of QB Andrew Ford.
The Sophomore completed 29-of-40 passes for 267 yds and three touchdowns. For visiting UMass to compete vs. USC, an encore performance is vital.
South Carolina Gamecocks
Due to a bye week, the struggling Gamecocks had extended occasion to examine their recent misgivings. In a week six setback to Georgia, South Carolina had the ball unceremoniously rammed down their throats.
The Bulldogs gained a scintillating 326 rushing yards, as the tandem of Nick Chubb (133 yds) and Sony Michele (121) handed the Gamecocks a third consecutive loss.
Timorous, South Carolina will seek aplomb from a raucous home crowd and typically reliable defense.
The Gamecocks reside among the nation’s upper-echelon in points allowed (20.2, 29th FBS).
While USC’s offense has been dreadful, luckily, their opponents’ defense has been equally lackluster.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- UMass is 0-7 ATS in October.
- South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt 13-10 in week one.
- South Carolina is 8-1-1 Under The Spread in its last ten non-conference contests.
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In a contest this even statistically, South Carolina still holds several key advantages.
The Gamecocks will flaunt home-crowd support; a prolific kicker; and the edge in quality of opposition faced.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: South Carolina -7
If South Carolina wishes to make a run toward bowl eligibility, a win over UMass is imperative. Bolstered by a strong home-contingency and defense, the Gamecocks will prevail over low-grade UMass in a hard-fought, ugly contest.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: UMass 10 – South Carolina 17
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