College Football Week 5: Tigers and Gamecocks Intensify SEC

Written by on September 23, 2014

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Missouri Tigers face off on Saturday in Columbia in an intense SEC matchup that will surely catch the attention of many college football betting fans. After a 3-0 start to the season, the 18th ranked Missouri Tigers loss their first game of the season to an unranked Indiana team, costing them their privileged position in the AP Top 25.South Carolina was ranked #9 to start the season, but they were embarrassed by #21, Texas A&M, and fell out of the top 10. The team has rebounded well from that loss, and has won their last three games, which included a win over the 6th ranked Georgia Bulldogs two weeks ago.

Missouri Tigers at #13 South Carolina Gamecocks Saturday, September 27, 7 PM. ET.

The Tigers begin their conference play with a very tough opponent, they would have liked to go into this game undefeated, because they would still be ranked, and a loss to the Gamecocks wouldn’t hurt them too much in the rankings. South Carolina would have preferred the Tigers were also ranked and undefeated, because a win against a team in the top 20 would have helped them get back into the top 10 in the AP Poll.

Betting Preview

The Tigers are 2-2 ATS this year, and are going to be facing their first ranked team on Saturday, which will be followed by a home game against Georgia, making this an important game for them if they want to win the SEC East.The Gamecocks are 1-3 ATS, they were written off after their debacle against Texas A&M, but have managed to play well enough to win three straight games. They are still not playing as well as their coach would like, but as long as they are winning games, he can’t complain too much.These two teams have played each other four times, three of those games in recent years. The Gamecocks won a 27-24 game in Columbia, Missouri last season, when the Tigers were ranked #5, the loss ended Missouri’s seven game winning streak, and their chances of playing in the SEC Championship game.Their last visit to Columbia, South Carolina ended in a 31-10 victory for the Gamecocks, which is the largest margin of victory for either team in the series.Game Odds:MISSOURI: +5-110SOUTH CAROLINA: -5-110

Betting Tips

  • The Gamecocks are favored to win this game by 5 points.
  • Missouri is 1-2 ATS against South Carolina, while South Carolina is 2-1 ATS against Missouri.
  • South Carolina is 4-2 ATS in their last six home games, and are 9-1 straight up in their last 10 home games.
  • Missouri is 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games, and 15-3 straight up during the span.
  • Missouri is also 6-1 ATS on the road in their last 7 games.

Betting Pick

South Carolina is favored to win this game, and is more than likely going to win it because they play very well at home, and have defeated the Tigers in two of their last three meetings. The fact that they are 1-3 ATS this season, and have one of the worst defenses they have had since Steve Spurrier became the head coach makes me believe they will win but won’t cover the existing college football spread.