North Carolina vs. South Carolina Pick & Prediction 8/29/13

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The North Carolina Tar Heels and the South Carolina Gamecocks are going to be clashing on the gridiron on Thursday, August 29th as a part of Week 1 college football odds. Join us at Cappers Info as we highlight some of the best NCAA football picks that you’ll find on the internet!

Week 1 NCAA Football Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels @ South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Thursday, August 29th, 6:00 ET
Location: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
Week 1 Betting Odds: South Carolina -12
North Carolina vs. South Carolina Live TV: ESPN

We really aren’t all that sure that Gamecocks bettors realize what they are getting into in this game. They are going against a team that really threw the ball all over the field last season, and we have very little doubt that the Tar Heels are going to score some points in this game. But will South Carolina really have enough to keep up? That’s going to be the big time question that begs to be answered and doesn’t have an easy response.

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Unless all of a sudden, QB Connor Shaw has figured out how to put some more points on the board and stop making silly decisions with the football, the onus in this game is going to be on the South Carolina defense. Head Coach Steve Spurrier is going to be pulling his hair out over this one for sure, especially if DE Jadeveon Clowney’s shoulder ends up giving him some legitimate problems in real game time. Be very, very careful, South Carolina. This could end up being a game that really ends up being a lot more difficult than you think it might be. QB Bryn Renner threw 27 TDs against seven picks last season, and he never looked frazzled when he was throwing the ball. If he can keep the Heels on track, there might be a big upset brewing right at the beginning of the season. Clowney and the ‘D’ will do enough, but only just enough to keep the Gamecocks from taking the big time fall.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels +12
North Carolina @ South Carolina Score Prediction: South Carolina 26 – North Carolina 24

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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