Thursday, September 1, 2016
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The South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Vanderbilt Stadium. The opening line for this game has South Carolina as 4 point favorites and the over/under was set at 46.5. Last season the Gamecocks were 6-6-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 4-7-1. The Commodores had an over/under record of 1-10-1 and they were 7-5-0 against the spread.
South Carolina scored 21.9 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 110th in Division 1. In the passing department, they averaged 15.9 passes on 29.3 attempts for a 54.4 percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 207.5 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 84th in college football. The Gamecocks ran for an average of 154.7 yards per game on 35.3 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. That ranked them 89th in the nation. They also ran 64.5 plays per contest and averaged 5.6 yards per play for an average of 362.2 yards per game, ranking their offense 98th overall last season. The Gamecocks averaged 18 first downs per game which ranked them 107th in the country. They accumulated 39 penalty yards per game via 5 penalties, which ranked 119th in the nation.
South Carolina allowed 212.4 passing yards per game, ranking 51st in D-1, and they allowed 27.5 points per contest on defense, which ranked 70th. They gave up 19 completions on 28.9 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 65.7. The Gamecocks allowed 217.4 rushing yards per game on 42.3 carries for a 5.1 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 111th in the country. South Carolina allowed 429.8 total yards per game including 6 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 95th in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.7 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 5.5 penalties for 44.8 yards per game, ranking them 22nd among D-1 teams.
Vanderbilt averaged 15.2 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 125th in the country. In the passing department, they completed 16 passes per game on 31.3 attempts for a 51.1 percent completion percentage. They threw for 171.8 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 112th in Division 1. The Commodores ran for an average of 155.3 yards per game on 41.3 attempts for an average of 3.8 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 88th on the ground. They also ran 72.7 plays per game and averaged 4.5 yards per play for a total of 327.2 yards per game, ranking them 116th in the country on offense. The Commodores got an average of 17.6 first downs per game, which ranked 113th in the nation. They averaged 47.8 penalty yards per game via 6.1 penalties, ranking them 91st in college football.
Vanderbilt allowed an average of 207.3 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 40th in Division 1. Their defense overall allowed 21 points per contest, which had them ranked 22nd in the nation. They gave up 17.8 completions on 32.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 55 per game. The Commodores allowed 143.3 rushing yards per contest on 35.6 carries for a 4 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 33rd in the country. Vanderbilt allowed 350.6 total yards per game for an average of 5.2 yards per play, which ranked 27th in D-1. They forced 1.3 turnovers per contest and 7.2 penalties for 57.3 yards in each contest, ranking 78th in the nation.
Perry Orth finished his last game of last season with 219 yards through the air for South Carolina. He completed 13 passes out of 28 attempts for a 46% completion percentage. The Gamecocks were led in rushing by Lorenzo Nunez, who finished with 75 yards on 10 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 8 yards per carry. Deebo Samuel was the team leader in receiving with a total of 104 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 21 yards per reception. As a team in that game South Carolina got a total of 17 first downs by way of 10 rushing, 7 passing, and 0 by penalty. They ran 68 total plays for 402 yards for the game. The Gamecocks ran for 181 yards on 38 attempts.
Kyle Shurmur finished his last game of last season with 209 yards through the air for Vanderbilt. He completed 15 passes out of 34 attempts for a 44% completion percentage. The Commodores were led in rushing by Ralph Webb, who finished with 149 yards on 21 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 7 yards per carry. Trent Sherfield was the team leader in receiving with a total of 85 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. Vanderbilt got a total of 21 first downs by way of 8 rushing, 11 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 70 total plays for 411 yards for the game. The Commodores ran for 202 yards on 36 attempts.
South Carolina Betting Trends
South Carolina were 4-7-1 against the over/under last season
South Carolina had an ATS record of 6-6-0 last season
Vanderbilt Betting Trends
Vanderbilt were 1-10-1 against the over/under last season
Vanderbilt had an ATS record of 7-5-0 last season
Injuries to Watch
08/23/16 TE Kyle Markway Ankle "?" Thursday vs. Vanderbilt
08/23/16 -LB Larenz Bryant Hamstring expected to miss Thursday vs. Vanderbilt
08/23/16 RB Mon Denson Knee expected to miss Thursday vs. Vanderbilt
08/20/16 DB Rico McWilliams Personal out indefinitely
08/14/16 OL Andrew Jelks Undisclosed out for season
08/14/16 QB Shawn Stankavage Undisclosed out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Vanderbilt
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