Over/Under 7 Wins () vs South Carolina Gamecocks ()Date : 09/01/2018
Time : Costal Carolina @ South Carolina 12:00 PM
Location : Williams-Brice Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Over/Under 7 Wins vs South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina showed great improvement in 2017 under head coach Will Muschamp and they definitely turned heads when they beat the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl to close the season. Dating back to his Florida days Muschamp has failed to put up points in bunches on the offensive side of the ball and that is exactly what happened last season. Muschamp elected to hire yet another offensive coordinator with this time it being an internal hire in Bryan McClendon who was the former receivers coach. South Carolina is hoping their offense improves in 2018 as this team has a perfect opportunity in closing the gap in terms of the 2nd best SEC East team. Muschamp may have failed in terms of SEC recruiting as he ranked 7th of 14th but he was still overall pretty successful as he resided inside the top 20. Muschamp’s defense should be good as usual even though they have some holes to fill with inexperienced guys as Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson always draw up successful schemes.
Over/Under 7 Wins's Latest Performance :
South Carolina had a really successful 2017 season as they went 8-4 in the regular season in which they finished up the season with a bowl victory over a really good Michigan team. As we stated they return a very potent offense and should once again finish 2nd in the SEC East but oddsmakers feel otherwise as they set the over/under at 7 wins.
The South Carolina Gamecocks should not only be bowl eligible but could also push the other SEC teams for a New Years Six bowl appearance as they were given a generous SEC schedule. South Carolina has the luxury of welcoming in Missouri, Texas A&M, and Tennessee which should result in victories. They could also add some easy wins in 4 of their first 5 games as they will have Coastal Carolina, Marshall, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky on the schedule. South Carolina has potential in showing their worth during the second week of football as well as the last week. They get to welcome in Georgia after they should beat the breaks off Coastal Carolina which should be a nice warm up. South Carolina will also get to close their season on the road against their in-state rival in the Clemson Tigers who they have lost 4 straight meetings with.
South Carolina Gamecocks's Latest Performance :
Looking at the weapons South Carolina has on the offensive side of the ball you would think they would be a top-tier SEC team but we have gone to find out they are just an average team. Jake Bentley is returning for his junior year after throwing for 2794 yards last season and he should have some solid targets to throw to. Bentley wasn’t only a force in the air but also on the ground as he led the Gamecocks in rushing TDs with 6. South Carolina is returning their top receiver in Bryan Edwards who led the team in both receiving yards (793) and TDs (5) last season. Not only is Edwards returning but so is Deeboo Samuel who had his season come to an abrupt end after an ankle injury. Samuel was able to score 5 TDs in only three games which has Bentley sobbing over the fact he gets a full season of him. Josh Vann could also be a name to watch for this season as the 4-star recruit will bring speed and finesse to an offense that lacked it last season. Defensively South Carolina will have to do without their top defender as Skai Moore departed for the NFL this past offseason. Moore was a force at the linebacker spot as he led the team in both tackles and interceptions. The one positive for Muschamp is the fact that he returns his best defensive linemen in D.J. Wonnum who compiled 13 sacks during his sophomore season. With the holes on defense, you can expect grad transfers and freshmen to play big roles for this stingy South Carolina team.
Player To Watch
Israel Mukuamu, DB, FR.
It’s hard to gauge whether or not a true freshman will play especially in the SEC but defensive minded coach Will Muschamp has continually raved about the early enrollee. Mukuamu was not a big-time recruit as he ranked 27th in the state of Lousiana but that’s not always a bad thing as he should have a chip on his shoulder. There are some holes to fill in the depleted South Carolina secondary and Mukuamu is a big DB as he measured over 6’5 upon arrival which tells me he has good range. Mukuamu may not be in a starting role when the season starts but I still expect him to contribute in either a nickel spot or backup safety role. He has a foot up on most of the freshmen as he had a whole spring to learn the complicated Muschamp defense.
How Over/Under 7 Wins & South Carolina Gamecocks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Over 7 Wins -120
Under 7 Wins- Even
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
9/1- Coastal Carolina- W
9/8- Georgia- L
9/15- Marshall- W
9/22- @ Vanderbilt- W
9/29- @ Kentucky- W
10/6- Missouri- W
10/13- Texas A&M- W
10/27- Tennessee- W
11/3- @ Mississippi- W
11/10- @ Florida- L
11/17- Chattanooga- W
11/24- @ Clemson- L
Overall Record- 9-3
Against The Spread Selection: Over 7 Wins -120
My reason for the pick :
As I stated South Carolina has a fairly reasonable schedule and put that together with a potentially explosive offense and we have USC going well over the set win total. South Carolina will find themselves jumping up the AP polls after they put together a 6 game win streak during the middle of the season. Bentley and his experienced receivers should be able to pick apart the average SEC East defenses. Muschamp has continually shown us how good of a coach he can be and I expect him to lead South Carolina to their best season since 2013 under hall of fame coach, Steve Spurrier.