Who’s stopping the Alabama Crimson Tide? The South Carolina Gamecocks would like to be an answer to that question, but it’s going to be easier said than done, given how the defending SEC champs have played thus far. Read on for a preview of this SEC West vs. SEC East showdown.
Betting Preview for the Alabama Crimson Tide vs South Carolina Gamecocks Week 3 College Football Game on September 14 2019
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0 Overall / 0-0 Conference)
The second week of a college football season isn’t the time for Alabama to be sweating, and that continues to be the trend, as Tua Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide demolished the New Mexico State Aggies last Saturday, 62-10, in Tuscaloosa. Tagovailoa went 16 for 24 for 227 passing yards and three touchdowns, while Alabama’s rushing game did the rest — or most — of the offensive damage. Keilan Robinson rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on just five carries, while three other Crimson Tide had at least 57 rushing yards. Despite those numbers, Alabama head coach Nick Saban knows his team has some kinks to straighten out. The Crimson Tide had a pair of three-and-outs early in the game against the Aggies. Defensively, Alabama remains stout, allowing just 262 total yards to New Mexico State. Overall, though, the Crimson Tide are a well-oiled machine that should be able to handle anything South Carolina throws their way.
The over is 6-4 in the Crimson Tide’s last 10 games.
Betting on the South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1 Overall / 0-0 Conference)
After opening the season stumbling into an upset loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in Charlotte back in Week 1, the Gamecocks bounced back with a merciless teardown of the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 72-10, in Columbia. South Carolina’s first win of the season is also the first of Ryan Hilinski as starter of the team. Hilinski was not supposed to start, but a foot injury sustained by senior Jake Bentley in the North Carolina game will have Hilinski starting for at least several weeks going forward. Against the Buccaneers, Hilinski passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns with an interception on 24 for 30 completions. Hilinski has never faced a an opponent that’s even remotely close to the quality of Alabama, so he’s going to need all those around him to step up if the Gamecocks would at least avoid an embarrassing loss. Kevin Harris and the Gamecocks’ run game is one South Carolina is relying on. Harris rushed for 147 of the team’s 493 rushing yards against Charleston Southern, which overall had eight rushing touchdowns.
The Gamecocks are 5-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games.
Alabam wins, 44-13.
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