Jack's Free Pick Monday!
Nebraska vs. South Carolina,
01/02/2012 13:00 EDT,
Score: 15 - 28
Point Spread: -3/+100 South Carolina
The South Carolina Gamecocks are showing solid value Monday as only a 2.5-point favorite over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. South Carolina has battled adversity all year to put together a very impressive regular season.
Steve Spurrier's teams have never posted a losing record since he became coach at South Carolina in 2005, and he has taken the program to new heights in his seventh year. The Gamecocks (10-2) have matched the 1984 team for the most wins in the 118-year history of the program, finished SEC play with a school-best 6-2 record and defeated all five of their East Division rivals. They are certainly motivated to break the 1984 team's mark.
Sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw played awesome down the stretch, completing 30 of 38 passes over his last two games. He went 14 for 20 with three touchdown passes, 107 rushing yards and a TD run in a 34-13 win over archrival Clemson to conclude the regular season.
What will allow the Gamecocks to win this game is a stop unit that ranks 4th in the country in total defense (268.9 yards/game). They only gave up an average of 3.7 yards/carry in the run-heavy SEC, and this stop unit will be able to slow down Nebraska's rushing attack, which is the strength of their team. Bet South Carolina Monday.