The Football Tipster is set to make his debut here at Cappers Info, and he is going to be making a daily sports pick each and every day and tracking here on our blog. As always when you read hot sports tips from the Tipster, you’re going to get a bunch of trends and other notes that you might not get elsewhere. We’ll start right away with the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday, August 30th.
#9 South Carolina Gamecocks (0-0, 0-0 ATS) -6.5
Vanderbilt Commodores (0-0, 0-0 ATS) +6.5
South Carolina is going to be in for quite the challenge in this game. The Gamecocks are going to be against a Vanderbilt team that is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games overall and is 4-1 ATS in its last five games in the SEC. To make matters even worse for the Gamecocks, the ‘Dores have covered seven of their last eight here at Vanderbilt Stadium.
QB Connor Shaw has been battling back problems, and we also have to remember that this is going to be the first game back in the lineup for RB Marcus Lattimore since getting injured in the middle of last season. The Gamecocks have also scored just 21, 21, 14, 17, and 6 over the course of the last five games in this series, and that isn’t going to cut it for covering a college football point spread like this on the road.
In the end, the choice here is easy. Vanderbilt is one of the most underrated teams in the SEC this year, and though it might be the 10th or 11th best team in the conference, it could still be a bowl team. South Carolina is overrated as one of the Top 10 teams in the country, and I think that it could be on upset alert.
South Carolina @ Vanderbilt Tips: Vanderbilt +6.5