South Carolina Gamecocks (4-3) vs Ole Miss Rebels (5-3)Date : 11/03/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Vaught-Hemingway Field, Oxford, Mississippi
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
South Carolina Gamecocks vs Ole Miss Rebels
The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi, to face the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday at 12:00 pm EST for an SEC showdown. The Gamecocks are coming off a 27-24 home victory over the Tennessee Volunteers as they outscored the vols 18-10 in the second half while also getting a huge 25-yard field goal from Parker White to get the much-needed victory. The Rebels fell at home to Auburn as they allowed 269 yards on the ground while allowing the visitors’ passing attack to average 9.8 yards per catch in the loss. The last time these teams met dates to September 24, 2009 as the Gamecocks picked up the 16-10 home win as they covered as four-point underdogs. In fact, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last four games, overall.
South Carolina Gamecocks's Latest Performance :
The Gamecocks picked up a huge win in their last time out versus the Vols as they moved to .500 in the division thanks to a rushing attack, led by Rico Dowdle with 140 yards and a TD, that put up 224 yards for an average of 5.6 yards per rush. Jake Bentley also threw for a score while having 152 yards along with an interception in the game while Bryan Edwards led the receiving corps for South Carolina with 96 yards on three catches. And while the defense for Carolina gave up 144 yards on the ground, Jared Guarantano passed for 207 yards along with two touchdown passes on the day. The win was the third time in as many games that USC’s games have been decided by three points or less. Overall, the Cocks are 1-4 ATS in their last five games and will match up versus a team in Ole Miss that has not played well ATS at home, either.
Ole Miss Rebels 's Latest Performance :
Auburn regained its form versus the Rebels last weekend as they hammered Ole Miss on the ground to the tune of 269 yards led by Jatarvious Whitlow who had 170 yards on 19 carries while Jared Stidham passed for a touchdown on 215 yards in the air. The Rebels averaged 3.2 yards per carry while Jordan T’amu passed for 324 passing yards and a touchdown. Nonetheless, the Rebels had no answers for a physical rushing attack for Auburn as they will seek to play much more effectively versus a USC team that is averaging 165 yards on the ground per outing.
Furthermore, the Rebels are averaging 188 yards on the ground while the Gamecocks are ranked 88th in stopping the run in allowing 177 yards to their opponents. Ole Miss is playing for a bowl game at this point but has Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State remaining on their schedule. Needless to say, they will certainly need this win to solidify their qualifications for the postseason with a win on Saturday.
How South Carolina Gamecocks & Ole Miss Rebels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
South Carolina is 3-4 ATS while the OU is 3-4
Ole Miss is 3-5 ATS while the OU is 5-3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting game in that both will be looking to pick up a much-needed win in which to increase their win total for the bowl season. In other words, both USC and Ole Miss needs to win as much as possible at this time to be invited to better, more coveted bowls in December/January. With that being the case, Ole Miss has a solid rushing attack that will test the USC defense while the Gamecocks will use their balanced attack to take advantage of an Ole Miss squad that allows 35 points per game to their opponents.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Ole Miss Rebels PK
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Rebels in this matchup as the Gamecocks have not been consistent enough to go into Oxford to get a win. And while they picked up a huge victory over the Vols in their last outing, look for them to score some points, yet, they will also allow points to a Rebels squad that ranks in the top 50 in all offensive categories. In all, look for the Rebels to outscore a Gamecocks team in a high scoring affair on Saturday afternoon.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 66.5
My reason for the prediction :
While I feel that points will indeed be scored in this matchup, it will not surpass the 66 points set for this game. Of course, Ole Miss has a potent offense with T’amu at the helm, however, USC is also stout on defense when it needs to be and will certainly attempt to limit the home team’s opportunities as much as possible. On the other hand, Ole Miss’s defense is awful which will certainly allow scoring opportunities for the road team. Nonetheless, USC has had problems with offensive efficiency all year. So, expect them not to capitalize as much on golden scoring opportunities. In all, the under has been the play in four of the last five games for USC while being the result in the last matchup amongst these teams. With that being said, the under will indeed be the strong play in this matchup of two desperate teams seeking a win.
Betting trends for South Carolina Gamecocks:
- Under is 6-0 in Gamecocks last 6 road games.
- Over is 4-0 in Gamecocks last 4 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Under is 6-0 in Gamecocks last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Betting trends for Ole Miss Rebels :
- Rebels are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games.
- Rebels are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Rebels are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.