South Carolina Gamecocks (6-4) vs Clemson Tigers (11-0)Date : 11/24/2018
Time : 7:00 PM
Location : Clemson Memorial Stadium
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South Carolina Gamecocks vs Clemson Tigers
The Clemson Tigers will return to Clemson Memorial Stadium for the regular season finale as they will welcome in the South Carolina Gamecocks in an in-state rivalry matchup, the opening kickoff is at 7:00 PM. Clemson will be heading to the ACC championship game after this matchup where they will face Pittsburgh while South Carolina will be playing in a bowl game.
South Carolina Gamecocks's Latest Performance :
The Soth Carolina Gamecocks have been unable to get back to the top of the SEC East but they have still been a consistent postseason team as they will be playing in their 12th bowl game over the last 14 seasons. The Gamecocks were able to secure their 6th win last weekend against an FCS team as they rolled over Chattanooga by 43 points. Junior QB Jake Bentley had a great game for USC as he was able to throw for 339 yards and 4 TDs which gives him 2244 yards, 19 TDs, and 9 interceptions on the season. The ground game was able to get going in this game for the Gamecocks even without top RB Rico Dowdle as freshmen Deshaun Fenwick led the way with 112 yards and a TD while A.J. Turner contributed 65 yards and a TD. This was Fenwick’s first game of the season as the Gamecocks wanted to preserve his redshirt which he will as he can play in 4 games. The WRs for the Gamecocks had a great game especially from their star WR Deebo Samuel as the redshirt senior racked up 112 yards and a TD on 12 8 catches. Samuel has been excellent for South Carolina this season as he has caught 48 passes for 639 yards and 6 TDs while also adding in a kick return TD. RB A.J. Turner supported Bentley in the air attack as he was able to rack up 2 TDs through the air. The defense for the Gamecocks was excellent in this matchup as they held Chattanooga to 6 points. LB Ernest Jones was able to rack up a team-high 5 tackles while Israel Mukuamu brought down the first interception of his career in only the 2nd game he has played in.
Clemson Tigers's Latest Performance :
The Clemson Tigers have continued to steamroll over any team in their sights as they are coming off yet another blowout win against the Duke Blue Devils 35-6. Freshmen QB Trevor Lawerence put up yet another impressive performance as he was able to complete 21 passes for a total of 251 yards and 2 TDs. Lawerence has been sensational ever since he stepped into the starting role earlier in the year as he has thrown for 2095 yards, 21 TDs, and only 4 interceptions. The ground game has been a huge contributor in Lawerence having a ton of throwing lanes as Travis Etienne has drawn defenses up all season long. The sophomore as able to have a big game for the Tigers as he ran for 81 yards and 2 TDs on 9 carries which is a small sample size of his season as he has run for 1158 yards and 17 TDs through the first 11 games. The Tigers pass catchers have been good all season but they took a hit when WR Hunter Renfrow left the game with an injury, he is listed as questionable against South Carolina. One of the Tigers top WRs Justyn Ross had a big game for the Tigers as he was able to bring down 4 catches for 76 yards and a TD which pushes his season total to 571 yards and 6 TDs. The defense for the Tigers continued their success against a good Duke offense as they held them to only 6 points. Safety Tanner Ruse had a big game as he had a team-high 8 tackles and a sack while DL Clelin Ferrell contributed 5 tackles and 2 sacks.
How South Carolina Gamecocks & Clemson Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
South Carolina is 6-4 ATS, 3-1 ATS on the road.
Clemson is 6-5 ATS, 2-4 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Clemson ranks 5th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 45.7 PPG while South Carolina ranks 51st as they score an average of 31 PPG.
Clemson ranks 1st in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 12.1 PPG while South Carolina ranks 63rd as they hold opponents to an average of 26.7 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: South Carolina Gamecocks +26
My reason for the pick :
This is a trap game for the Clemson Tigers as they will be looking forward to the ACC Championship and the College Football Playoffs while South Carolina will be hungry to get a taste of one of the best teams in the nation. South Carolina has shown the ability to score over the last few weeks as they put 31 points up against a good Florida team and 49 against an FCS foe. Jake Bentley has been everything for this team this season because the offense rolls how he plays, expect him to elevate his play against the Tigers. The South Carolina defense will zero in on the ground game and allow their athletes to matchup up on the outside with Clemson. The Tigers have been awful ATS at home while South Carolina has been fairly good on the road.
Betting trends for South Carolina Gamecocks:
- South Carolina is 2-0 ATS when they are road underdogs this season.
Betting trends for Clemson Tigers:
- Clemson is 0-3 ATS when playing teams outside the ACC this season.