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Posted on 10/11/2007 6:28:18 PM
NCAA Football Betting Trends: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. North Carolina
The No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks (-9) are 4-0 ATS (Against the Spread) in their last four games as they look to cash again against the unranked North Carolina Tar Heels (+9) on Saturday at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.
– Gamecocks are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games in October.
– Gamecocks are 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
– Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on Grass.
– Gamecocks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
– Gamecocks are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 road games.
South Carolina is led by quarterback Chris Smelley, who completed 17-of-30 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 38-23 cover win at home as the 4½-point favorites against Kentucky.
The offensive unit is posting 29 points per game this season and 360 yards. The passing game is averaging 229.3 yards with a rushing game collecting 130.7.
Defensively, the Gamecocks are allowing 16.8 points per game this season and 320.3 yards.
The Tar Heels own a straight up 34-16-4 advantage in the all-time series between the teams, which haven’t met since 1991. Head coach Steve Spurrier is 3-0 against North Carolina, with all three victories coming while he was at Duke from 1987-89.
– Tar Heels are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games in October.
– Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
– Tar Heels are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
– Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
T.J. Yates is the signal caller under center for North Carolina. Last week, Yates completed 15-of-23 passes for 218 yards and scored on a keeper in an impressive 33-27 money-making win over Miami as the 7-point home underdogs.
Offensively, North Carolina is putting up 23.5 points per game this season and 336.7 yards off a ground game that’s gaining 104.2 yards per game.
The Tar Heels have run for 307 yards in their last two games after totaling just 318 yards on the ground in their first four. The passing game is averaging 232.5 yards.
North Carolina owns a defense that’s surrendering 25.2 points per game and 358.3 yards this year.
NCAA football odds list South Carolina the 9-point favorites with a total of 47½.
– Gamecocks are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite.
– Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0.
– Tar Heels are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog.
– Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 3.5-10.0.
Free Pick: North Carolina Beats The Spread, but Spurrier’s Gamecocks have the last laugh straight up.
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