Kentucky Wildcats vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 9/25/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Location: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC
Odds/Point Spread: Gamecocks (+4.5)
Williams-Brice Stadium is the site where the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1) will attempt to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats (3-0) on Saturday. South Carolina opens this game as 4.5-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 50.5.
The Kentucky Wildcats head into this game 3-0 for this year. In their last matchup, the Wildcats faced off with the Chattanooga Mocs and took home the win by a score of 28-23. Will Levis finished 23/35 with 254 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 134.1 and walked away from the contest with 2 interceptions. Christopher Rodriguez Jr. was the rushing leader for the Wildcats with 13 carries for 46 yds (3.5 yards per attempt). The Kentucky Wildcats ran the rock 25 times and accounted for 103 yards, which earned them an average of 4.1 yards per tote. For the game, they had 60 plays which converted into 357 yds. Kentucky gave up 21 completions on 35 attempts for a total of 168 yards, and a completion rate of 60.0%. On the ground, the Wildcats conceded 171 yds on 28 tries, which averages out to 6.1 yards per rush surrendered.
The Wildcats have racked up 1,440 total yards for the season. In terms of scoring, Kentucky has totaled 7 touchdowns via the pass and 7 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 8 different times. Kentucky has compiled 70 first downs offensively, and they have been flagged for 18 penalties for 160 yds. Offensively they're maintaining an average of 196.0 yards rushing giving them a rank of 35th in D-1. In terms of putting points on the board, the Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 36.0 points per outing.
Concerning passing yards, the Wildcats have conceded 532 yds which ranks them 45th in Division 1. They are conceding 177.3 yards per game through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 61.6%. For the season, they are conceding 275.0 yards per contest which puts them 33rd in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.1 yards per rushing attempt and 97.7 yards on the ground per game for the year. For the season, they have conceded 293 rushing yards through 3 games. The Wildcats sit in 66th in D-1 when it comes to their opponents scoring, allowing 20.3 PPG.
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The Gamecocks head into this game 2-1 for this year. When they last stepped on the field, the Gamecocks took a loss by a score of 40-13 when they played the Georgia Bulldogs. Luke Doty (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 153 yards on 13/26 through the air while his QB rate was 104.4. He threw 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 5.9. Kevin Harris ran the football 16 times for 31 yds, finishing the game with 1.9 yds per carry for South Carolina. The Gamecocks finished the contest with a total of 310 yards on 63 plays (4.9 yards per play). South Carolina rushed for 2.8 yds per carry, finishing the game with 96 yards on 34 attempts. South Carolina conceded 31 attempts on the ground for 184 yards (5.9 yards per rush). The Gamecocks passing defense allowed a completion percentage of 68.6%, relinquishing 307 yds on 24 out of 35 passing.
In relation to this team's ability to score points, the Gamecocks are sitting 85th in the nation scoring 26.3 points per contest. For the year thus far, the Gamecocks have compiled 613 passing yards as well as an average of 204.3 passing yards per game, putting them at 91st in the country. The South Carolina Gamecocks average 355.7 yards per contest, ranking them 93rd in Division 1. The South Carolina offense has totaled 186 yards of penalties on 25 infractions, which has them ranked 17th in college football in terms of giving up free yards.
South Carolina has allowed a total of 326 rushing yards (108.7 yards/game) in addition to 3 touchdowns rushing on the campaign. They have yielded 4 touchdowns through the air and 179.0 yards/game, which has them ranked 45th in D-1. The Gamecocks defense has participated in 173 plays, which is good for 28th in D-1. The Gamecocks are giving up 19.0 PPG, which has them ranked 57th in the country. This year, they have relinquished 57 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Wildcats/Gamecocks college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Wildcats -4.5
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