This college football betting match is just about as down south as you can with both teams featuring a southern reference in their names and with the game being played in the one of the principal cities in theDeep South you be sure that the tailgate parties will be full of good manners, Southern hospitality and plenty of confederate flag bumper stickers in the parking lot.
The game itself likely won’t be anywhere as interesting as the pre-game festivities as the South Carolina Gamecocks should have their way against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in this NCAA football betting season opener.
Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 7:35 Eastern Time and SBG Global opened with the Gamecocks as a 13.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 45.5.
The Golden Eagles finished last season with an overall record of 7-6. The team was 5-3 in Conference USA and showed plenty of potential down the stretch. Last year this team’s offense imposed its will on opponents and racked up 418.3 yards per game. The offense was led by the running game and all time Southern Miss leading rusher RB Damion Fletcher. However, Fletcher is gone this season as are four of the starters on the offensive line. That doesn’t bode well for this team especially considering how porous the team’s D was last season. The Golden Eagles gave up 387.7 yards per game last season and much tighten up if they want to finish over .500 this season.
South Carolina is in a similar situation entering the college football betting action. The team is expected to finish middle of the pack in the extremely competitive SEC as it has the past few years. Coming off a 7-6 overall record (3-5 in SEC play) this team has plenty of room to improve and plenty of question marks.
Defensively this should be a strong club and sports betting pundits predict this unit to be one of the better defenses in the SEC. If the offense can catch up this team has chance to finish the season ranked but that all depends on the inconsistent play of red-shirt Junior QB Stephen Garcia.
However, against the Golden Eagles things should be much more certain and the Gamecocks should win this game and cover the spread.