Troy Trojans vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 10/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Troy Trojans vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC
Odds/Point Spread: Gamecocks (-8.5)
Williams-Brice Stadium is the site where the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-2) will play the Troy Trojans (2-2) on Saturday. Troy opens this contest as 8.5-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is 43.5.
The Troy Trojans come into this matchup with a record of 2-2 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Trojans faced the UL Monroe Warhawks and took a loss by a score of 29-16. Taylor Powell connected on 35/49 with 311 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 134.1 and ended the game with 1 interception. Kimani Vidal was the rushing leader for the Trojans with 12 attempts for 60 yards (5.0 yards per carry). Once the final whistle blew, they had 72 plays for 378 yards. The Troy Trojans ran the ball a total of 23 times and accumulated 67 yds, earning them an average of 2.9 yards per tote. When it came to stopping the run, the Trojans gave up 122 yards on 41 tries, which is an average of 3.0 yds per run allowed. Troy conceded 11 pass completions on 19 tries for 168 yds, and a completion rate of 57.9%.
In terms of getting in the endzone, the Troy Trojans have an average of 26.3 points per outing. Offensively they have an average of 75.3 yards on the ground which has them sitting 127th in the nation. The Trojans have earned 1,378 total yards over the course of this year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Troy has amassed 7 touchdowns through the air and 7 rushing touchdowns. Troy has accrued 76 1st downs as a team, and they have been hurt by 27 infractions for 235 yds. They have surrendered the ball 5 different times.
In terms of passing yards, the Trojans have allowed 587 yds which has them ranked 25th in college football. They are giving up 146.8 yards per contest via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 61.0%. Over the course of this season, they are giving up 243.5 yards per contest putting them at 16th in Division 1. They have relinquished 3 touchdowns through the air and 2 touchdowns pounding the rock. They are allowing an average of 2.5 yards per attempt on the ground and 96.8 rushing yards per game on the campaign. Overall, they have allowed 387 yards via the running game in 4 games. The Trojans are ranked 29th in the nation when it comes to their opponents scoring, allowing 15.5 points per game.
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The Gamecocks head into this game 2-2 for this season. In their last game, the Gamecocks walked away with a loss by a score of 16-10 when they played the Kentucky Wildcats. Luke Doty (1 touchdown) ended the contest with 158 yds on 17/25 through the air while his QB rating was 134.3. He didn't throw any interceptions and his Y/A was 6.3. Kevin Harris ran the ball 12 times for 38 yds, ending the game with 3.2 yards per carry for South Carolina. The Gamecocks finished the contest with a total of 216 yds and they ran 51 plays (4.2 yds per play). South Carolina ran for 2.2 yards per carry, finishing with a total of 58 yards on 26 attempts. South Carolina relinquished 44 rush attempts for 230 yards (5.2 yds per rush). The Gamecocks secondary gave up a completion percentage of 68.2%, relinquishing 102 yds on 15 for 22 through the air.
When discussing their scoring prowess, the Gamecocks currently rank 104th in college football maintaining an average of 22.3 points per outing. Over the course of the season thus far, the Gamecocks have compiled 771 passing yards as well as holding an average of 192.8 throwing yards per outing, giving them a rank of 99th in the nation. The South Carolina Gamecocks maintain an average of 320.8 yards/game, which is good for 115th in the nation. The South Carolina offense has compiled 231 yds of penalties on 30 violations, which ranks them 26th in the country in terms of helping out the other team.
South Carolina has surrendered a total of 556 yards on the ground (139.0 yards/game) and 4 touchdowns on the ground so far this year. They have conceded 4 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 159.8 yards per outing, ranking them 30th in college football. The Gamecocks defense has taken part in 239 plays, which is good for 35th in college football. The Gamecocks are allowing 18.3 points per game, which has them sitting 48th in college football. This year, they have relinquished 73 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Trojans/Gamecocks college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Gamecocks -8.5
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