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Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - August 31st, preview, odds and predictions

At the beginning of Week One will be a homecoming celebration at North Carolina.  The second coming of Mack Brown has renewed hope and enthusiasm among the faithful.  Brown left North Carolina for Texas following an 11-1 season in 1997. Carolina fans have never forgotten that epic college football betting campaign.  Most important of all Brown returns after winning a national championship at Texas in 2005.  He brings credibility that few others could match at Chapel Hill.  By contrast Will Muschamp begins his fourth season at South Carolina.  Following a 9-4 mark in 2017 USC slipped to 7-6 in 2018.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

When: Saturday, August 31, 2019, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
South Carolina  vs. North Carolina Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
South Carolina -10½ (-110) 63 (-110) -370
South Carolin +10½ (-110) 63 (-110) +310
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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Overview

Last year North Carolina finished with a college football betting record of 2-9 straight up, 5-5-1 against the spread, and five overs. It was a perfect storm of suspensions, poor defense, and a coach out of answers.  As a result, Larry Fedora was fired as head coach.  Overall South Carolina was 7-6 straight up, 7-6 vs. the odds for college football, with seven overs.  Muschamp is known as a strong defensive coach but his team finished 87th overall in that department.  After getting fired at Florida Muschamp has had mixed results at USC.  He is yet to match the success of Steve Spurrier.

Gamecocks Fork in the Road

Of great concern for South Carolina is a brutally tough schedule that could affect their online betting prospects.  Namely senior quarterback Jake Bentley has yet to earn full confidence.  Bentley has a record of just 1-10 against ranked teams.  And he has thrown 30 interceptions in 32 career starts.  Adding to worries is that USC has not finished better than 12th in the SEC for rushing under Muschamp.  Correlate an improved defense that is expected to carry the team.

Brown Out for Carolina Blue?

Enthusiasm is high in Chapel Hill because of Brown’s arrival.  Not withstanding that is a daunting rebuild ahead.  Brown will implement the Air Raid offense that is similar to Fedora’s.  Consequently, the tempo will emphasize speed but there will be an unproven quarterback under center.  Defensively there is nowhere to go but up after last year’s catastrophe.

South Carolina and North Carolina Vs. The Line

South Carolina is:

3-5 against the spread as an away favorite

4-6 under the total laying points on the road

2-1 against the line in games with North Carolina

0-3 under the total in matchups with the Tar Heels

North Carolina is:

10-5-1 vs. the line as a road dog

6-2 over the total getting points on the road

South Carolina Vs. North Carolina Betting Picks

On this occasion Mack Brown rates a strong shot at posting a college football betting win in his UNC return.  More emphatically the talent level is roughly the same for both teams.  Carolina could well be a valuable live dog with bite.

South Carolina vs. North Carolina College Football Betting Prediction: North Carolina Tar Heels

South Carolina vs. North Carolina College Football Betting Score Prediction:  Tar Heels 24, Gamecocks 23

Watch North Carolina head coach Mack Brown assess his team’s progress at training camp!