The South Carolina Gamecocks (-1.5) and Vanderbilt Commodores are set to face off on the turf at Vanderbilt Stadium. This pivotal afternoon matchup is scheduled to get underway at 4:00 p.m. ET and fans can catch the action by tuning in to SEC Network.
South Carolina at Vanderbilt Betting Odds
The line for this SEC game is placed at 1.5 points in favor of South Carolina. The Gamecocks are currently getting -120 moneyline odds while the Commodores are +100. This SEC game will probably have several in-game betting opportunities. The over/under is set at 53.5 points.
The opening line was 1. The game’s total hasn’t moved since it opened at 53.5.
The Gamecocks are 1-1 straight up (SU), including 0-1 SU against conference opponents. The Commodores are 2-1 SU overall and 0-0 SU in conference play. The Gamecocks are 1-1 against the spread (ATS) and are down 1.0 unit this season. The team has posted an Over-Under record of 2-0.
The Commodores have gained 1.0 unit this year. They’re 3-0 ATS and have an O/U record of 0-3.
The Gamecocks hope to bounce back after a 41-17 loss to Georgia on September 8. The passing game could’ve been sharper as Jake Bentley completed 30 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Rico Dowdle (only 18 rushing yards on seven attempts) led the ground attack in the loss while Bryan Edwards (seven receptions, 111 yards, two TDs) and Deebo Samuel (six catches, 33 yards) shared the receiving duties.
One week ago, Notre Dame took care of this Vanderbilt team by a score of 22-17. The Commodores defensive unit let the Fighting Irish run for 245 yards on 48 rush attempts, along with one rushing TD. Tony Jones Jr. put up a good showing for Notre Dame, recording 118 rushing yards on 17 attempts, along with 56 yards and a score on two catches. For Vanderbilt, Kyle Shurmur completed 26-of-43 passes for 326 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Khari Blasingame (49 yards on 13 rush attempts) and Ke’Shawn Vaughn (54 yards on 10 carries, one TD) handled the ground game in the defeat while Kalija Lipscomb (11 receptions, 89 yards) and Jared Pinkney (five catches, 111 yards, one TD) led the pass-catching corps.
South Carolina has run the ball on 41.1 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Vanderbilt has an overall rush percentage of 52.5 percent. The Gamecocks have produced 159 rush yards per game and have two touchdowns via handoffs this year. The Commodores are averaging 156 rushing yards per contest and have six total rush TDs.
The Gamecocks have tallied 288 yards/contest through the air overall and have seven passing TDs so far. The Commodores have recorded 255 pass yards per game and have five total pass scores.
Defensively, South Carolina has allowed opponents to rush for an average of 199 yards and throw for 157 yards per game. Vanderbilt has allowed 131.7 yards per game on the ground and 176.3 to opponents in the air. The Commodores are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 3.61 to opposing QBs, while the Gamecocks have given up a 6.57 ANY/A.
Bentley is up to 269 passing yards on the year, and has connected on 30-of-47 attempts with one passing touchdowns and two interceptions. Bentley’s got a 4.08 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number sits at 6.63 over the past two games.
The Gamecocks have tried to maintain the pace by feeding their running backs early and often. Along with Bryan Edwards (111 yards, two TDs), Rico Dowdle (18 rush yards, 36 receiving yards) and Ty’Son Williams (26 rush yards) have delivered in the offense for South Carolina.
In the other locker room, Kyle Shurmur has tallied 496 yards, three TDs and one INT. Shurmur’s ANY/A sits at 7.89 for the year and 7.76 over his past two games.
The Commodores also prefer to rely on their backfield. In addition to Jared Pinkney (143 receiving yards, one receiving TD), Kalija Lipscomb (19 rush yards, 149 receiving yards, one receiving TD) and Ke’Shawn Vaughn (91 rush yards, one rush TD) have seen a lot of touches lately.
When these two teams faced each other a year ago, South Carolina knocked off Vanderbilt by a touchdown 34-27.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Betting Prediction
SU Winner – Vanderbilt, ATS Winner – Vanderbilt, O/U – Under
Team Betting Trends
The Vanderbilt defense has registered nine sacks on the year while South Carolina has five.
Vanderbilt has lost four fumbles in 2018 while the South Carolina offense has not lost any.
The Gamecocks offense has recorded one pass play of 40+ yards, while the Commodores have put up two such plays.
The South Carolina defense has allowed one pass play of 40 or more yards, while Vanderbilt has given up zero such plays.
Both defenses have produced three rushing plays of 20 or more yards. The South Carolina offense has recorded nine running plays of 10+ yards while Vanderbilt has accounted for 16 such plays.
The Gamecocks defense has allowed three rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while the Commodores have given up two such runs.
Vanderbilt was favored by 14 points in its last outing and the Over/Under was 53. The under cashed and Vanderbilt failed to cover in the team’s 22-17 defeat to Notre Dame.
In its last three matchups, Vanderbilt is 3-0 ATS and the under cashed in each of those three.
South Carolina was getting 9 points in its last game and the O/U was set at 52.5. The over cashed and South Carolina failed to cover in the 41-17 loss to Georgia.