South Carolina at Clemson Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info

Posted by Eric Williams on Thursday,November 24, 2016 1:04, EST in

The Clemson Tigers will look to take another step toward reaching their second straight College Football Playoff when they host the in-state rival South Carolina Gamecocks in an intriguing matchup that could have major postseason implications for both teams. The longtime rivals will square off at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 26, live on ESPN. Now, let’s find out where the value in this contest lies in the college football odds.

South Carolina at Clemson Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
TV: ESPN
Radio: South Carolina / Clemson
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NCAA Football Odds: Clemson -24
Over/Under: 50

Why Bet on South Carolina?

The Gamecocks have won four of their last five games and come into this huge contest off a 44-31 smackdown over Western Carolina this past weekend as running back Rico Dowdle rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. For the season, South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has passed for 989 yards and six touchdowns while Dowdle has rushed for a team-high 684 yards and six scores. The Gamecocks are averaging a modest 20.3 points per game offensively to rank a discouraging 118th nationally but limit the opposition to just 22.0 points per game to rank a stellar 26th in points allowed.

Why Bet on Clemson?

Clemson rebounded nicely from their stunning Week 11 loss to Pittsburgh to pound the snot out of Wake Forest 35-13 last weekend as running back Wayne Gallman rushed for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 22 carries. For the season, dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson has passed for 3,279 yards with 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while Gallman has rushed for a team-high 831 yards and 13 scores. The Tigers average 38.5 points per game to rank 18th in scoring while limiting the opposition to 17.9 points per game defensively to rank 12th nationally in points allowed.

South Carolina at Clemson Expert Pick:

I picked Clemson to win it all this season after coming up jus short against Alabama in last season’s championship and I think the Tigers have a real shot to do just that. However, as far as this matchup is concerned, I just don’t see the Tigers beating the Gamecocks by a whopping 25 points to cover the spread in this affair. I know the Gamecocks are offensively-challenged, but they’ve also got an excellent defense, not to mention the fact that they’ve gone 7-1 ATS in their last eight against their ACC rivals and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. While Clemson has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four home games against a team with a winning road record, the Tigers are also just 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games in the month of November.  South Carolina is 4-1- 1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game. The Gamecocks cover the spread in a losing effort.

Expert Pick: Clemson 28 South Carolina 20