College Football on Saturday and we will see the South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Clemson, South Carolina to take on the Clemson Tigers. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on ESPN. Currently the odds for the game have Louisville favored by 3.5 points, while the total sits at 62. Check out Sportsbook Spy to find out what side the Public is taking on all today's games.
Free Analysis: Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks have had another stellar season, coming into the regular-season finale with a 9-2 overall record, including a 6-2 mark in the SEC, good for second place in the SEC East. USC enters this contest with a three-game win streak in tow, including a 24-7 win over FCS foe Wofford last weekend. The South Carolina offense was much more potent a couple of weeks ago before All-American tailback Marcus Lattimore was lost for the season with a devastating leg injury. WIth Lattimore out of the lineup, senior Kenny Miles (313 yards, two TDs) and freshman Mike Davis (232 yards, two TDs) have taken on a bigger role. It has been up to quarterback Connor Shaw to keep the South Carolina ship on course. Shaw has played well at times, completing 67.3 percent of his passes, for 1,732 yards and 15 TDs, but sophomore Dylan Thompson (600 yards passing, five TDs) has seen time under center as well. Shaw is nursing a foot injury, but Spurrier is confident Thompson will be ready to go if need be. Like a lot of SEC teams, South Carolina's success is predicated on stifling defensive play. The Gamecocks are yielding just 17.5 ppg this year, allowing a meager 310.8 yards of total offense. Getting upfield and disrupting things is what USC does best. A ferocious pass rush (34 sacks) is spearheaded by All-American candidate Jadeveon Clowney. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound sophomore's days in Columbia are numbered after a monster season consisting of 43 tackles, 17.0 TFLs and 8.5 sacks.
Dabo Swinney's Tigers move to 10-1 with last weekend's 62-48 shootout victory over NC State. It marks the first time in school history that Clemson has posted 10 wins in the regular season. The team finished in a first-place tie with Florida State atop the ACC's Atlantic Division, but lost out on a tie- breaker by virtue of its loss to the Seminoles earlier in the season, preventing the reigning ACC champs from defending their crown. The Gamecocks will be put to the test defensively by one of the top offenses in the country in Clemson. The Tigers are averaging 44.9 ppg this year, on a robust 535.6 yards of total offense. It is a pick-you-poison scenario with this offense, as the ground game accounts for 203.6 yards per game, while the passing attack generates 332.0 yards per game. Quarterback Tajh Boyd is the straw that stirs the drink, completing 68 percent of his passes, for 3,367 yards and 33 TDs. It certainly helps to have one of the country's top receiving duos in DeAndre Hopkins (68 receptions, 1,171 yards, 15 TDs) and Sammy Watkins (53 receptions, 671 yards, three TDs). The ground game is the second option in this attack, but productive nonetheless, thanks to the rushing exploits of Andre Ellington (959 yards, eight TDs) and Boyd (466 yards, eight TDs). The Clemson defense has suffered from inconsistent play all season long, but the flaws have been masked by the stellar play of the offense. The Tigers are allowing 408.0 yards per game, getting gashed by both the run (163.1 ypg) and the pass (244.9 ypg).
Free Pick: I will be going with the Tigers in this one. This Clemson offense is unstoppable right now as they have averaged 47.8 ppg in their last 7 games. At home they have averaged 518 ypg and 47.5 ppg, while outscoring their opponents by 22.5 ppg, in going 6-0 on their home field. I know that SC has a very tough SEC defense, but they did struggle vs the potent passing attack of the Volunteers and I expect them to struggle in this one as well. Defensively the Tigers will not be confused with an SEC defense, but they have played pretty well at home, allowing just 22,3 ppg. Overall the SC Defense has allowed just 17.5 ppg, but a bit more on the road at 24.3 ppg. The SC offense really misses Lattimore as they need balance to make their offense effective. They have scored 31.3 ppg on the year, but just 16 ppg in their last 2 road games and they struggled on offense vs FCS foe Wofford last week, in a game in which they scored just 24 points. I just don’t see the Gamecocks coming up with enough points to keep this one close.
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