South Carolina vs Virginia 2018 Belk Bowl Odds & Betting Analysis

South Carolina vs Virginia 2018 Belk Bowl Odds & Betting Analysis

Written by on December 27, 2018

South Carolina travels to Charlotte, North Carolina to battle the ranked Virginia Cavaliers in the 2018 Belk Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 29. Both teams are 7-5. Both are also motivated to show their best in front of the Bank of America Stadium fans. Who takes it in one of the warmup bowl games to the College Football Playoffs?

South Carolina vs Virginia 2018 Belk Bowl Odds & Betting Analysis

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Why South Carolina Gamecocks are a good bet -5?

More impressive than South Carolina’s 7-5 record is their 4-4 SEC record. Going .500 in the tough Southeastern Conference is an accomplishment for any team not named Georgia, Alabama, or LSU.

The Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt, Missouri, Tennessee, and Ole Miss. They hung with the Texas A&M Aggies, one of the top squads in the SEC this season. Virginia’s good, but they’re not on South Carolina’s level.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 32.6
  • Total Yards: 440.8
  • Pass Yards: 277.4
  • Rush Yards: 163.3
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 27.2
  • Total Yards: 429.8
  • Pass Yards: 230.8
  • Rush Yards: 199.1

Why #22 Virginia Cavaliers are a good bet +5?

Virginia’s season started out well. The Cavaliers surprised many with wins over Ohio, Miami, Duke, and North Carolina. They had a melt down in the final month of the season, losing 3-of-4 with their only win against Liberty.

But, the Cavaliers can turn that form around on Saturday. If the ball control offense can get going, they’ll have a big shot at beating South Carolina straight up.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 28.5
  • Total Yards: 382.2
  • Pass Yards: 211.9
  • Rush Yards: 170.2
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 21.8
  • Total Yards: 337.2
  • Pass Yards: 180.1
  • Rush Yards: 157.1

2018 Belk Bowl Betting Trends for South Carolina vs Virginia 

  • South Carolina is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
  • South Carolina is 4-2 SU in the last 6 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of South Carolina’s last 5 games
  • Virginia is 6-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record
  • Virginia is 8-4 ATS in the last 12 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Virginia’s last 5 games

South Carolina vs Virginia Final 2018 Belk Bowl Analysis:

Although on paper South Carolina’s an easy pick, we must look deeper to find which team has the best shot in the 2018 Belk Bowl. The Gamecocks played well in the final month of the season while Virginia didn’t.

However, UVA comes into this much healthier than South Carolina does. Six players showed up on Wednesday’s injury report, including top touchdown maker Deebo Samuel who will miss the game due to personal reasons. That leaves South Carolina in a world of hurt heading into this. Forget about the spread. Jump on the Cavaliers moneyline.

2018 Belk Bowl Pick: Virginia moneyline