South Carolina football: Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores odds and prediction

South Carolina football: Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores odds and prediction for college football week 7 matchup.

The South Carolina football team suffered its third consecutive conference loss last weekend, falling by a score of 45-20 to the Tennessee Volunteers. Now, they’ll look to reverse that trend against the SEC’s worst program, Vanderbilt.

The Gamecocks fell into a 35-0 first half deficit last Saturday before making things look somewhat respectable. Another performance like that will again seal the fate of the Shane Beamer’s group. Luckily for South Carolina, Vanderbilt presents the Gamecocks with a foe that they’ve not lost to in more than a decade. The last time the Commodores took down the Gamecocks was way back in 2008.

Vanderbilt enters the matchup sitting at 2-4 on the year. They’ve taken down Colorado State and Connecticut but they’re still searching for their first SEC win. The Gamecocks enter in a similar situation, though they’ve posted a 3-3 record this Fall. Neither team has defeated a Power Five opponent.

The Gamecocks will look to continue their streak of dominance over the Commodores on Saturday. They lead the all-time series 26-4, including a 41-7 victory in Nashville last year.

South Carolina football vs. Vanderbilt Commodores odds week 7.

The week 7 betting odds on WynnBET list South Carolina as being 18-point favorites over Vanderbilt. The Commodores are the underdogs with +650 money line odds, while the Gamecocks have -1000 odds to win. The total is set at 51 points.

South Carolina football vs. Vanderbilt Commodores prediction week 7.

Neither of these teams has done much on offense to move the needle. The Gamecocks rank 108th in the country, averaging just 22 point per game. If you take a 46-0 win against FCS foe Eastern Illinois out of the equation, that number drops to a meager 17.2 points a contest.

Vanderbilt, though, has been even worse. The Commodores rank dead last in the nation in scoring at just 13.3 points per game. They’ve been shut out in two of their last three contests, and were held to just three points in an opening day loss to FCS opponent East Tennessee State. Points could be hard to find in this one.

Where the Gamecocks have the advantage, though, is on defense. South Carolina is allowing just 22 points a game, and they’ve held four of six opponents under the 20-point mark. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, has allowed more than 20 points in every matchup, with three of those foes hanging more than 40 on the Commodore defense.

South Carolina should have enough firepower to earn their first SEC win, but we’re not quite sure they’ll cover the three-score spread. Look for this one to stay low scoring and cash in by taking the under.

Prediction
Vanderbilt Commodores
14
South Carolina Gamecocks
31

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