Tennessee vs South Carolina Prediction NCAAF Picks 9/30
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- Sep 30, 2023, 12:31:02 AM
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South Carolina vs. Tennessee: College Football Preview
The college football world is gearing up for a thrilling showdown as the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Tennessee Volunteers. This exciting matchup is scheduled for September 30, 2023, at 4:30 PM ET and will be broadcasted on SEC Network.
South Carolina Gamecocks
The South Carolina Gamecocks enter this game with a 2-2 record, determined to make their mark in the SEC. Quarterback S. Rattler is a key player to watch, having shredded Tennessee's defense last season with 438 yards and 6 touchdowns. Rattler's ability to extend plays with his feet presents a challenge to the Tennessee defense.
South Carolina's offense has shown potential, and the emergence of freshman left tackle Tree Babalade has bolstered their offensive line. Against top-ranked Georgia, Babalade posted a pass-blocking rating of 90, earning recognition as one of the top offensive tackles in college football.
The Tennessee Volunteers come into this game with a 3-1 record, seeking revenge against South Carolina after last season's loss. Sophomore running back Dylan Sampson is a player to watch, as he's poised for a breakout game. Sampson's impressive performance against UTSA, where he rushed for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns, demonstrates his potential impact.
Tennessee's defense, with 16 sacks and 39 tackles for loss, will aim to contain Rattler and prevent him from repeating his dominant performance against them. Their ability to disrupt plays will be crucial in this matchup.
In this highly-anticipated game, Tennessee is favored by a substantial 11.5 points with an over/under set at 60 points. However, our prediction is that South Carolina will cover the +11.5 points spread.
South Carolina's historical success against Tennessee, coupled with Rattler's ability to challenge the Volunteer's defense, makes them a strong contender to keep the game competitive. The Gamecocks have shown resilience, and with the points spread in their favor, they have a good chance to cover.
While Tennessee is a formidable team, South Carolina's determination and Rattler's potential to shine once again against them are reasons to believe they will cover the spread. Expect an exciting and closely contested SEC matchup.
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Pick: South Carolina +11.5