2018 Belk Bowl: South Carolina vs. Virginia
The Queen City, Charlotte, North Carolina, hosts its 17th straight bowl game when South Carolina and Virginia clash at Bank of America Stadium in the 2018 Belk Bowl. The postseason event, which has fielded an Atlantic Coast Conference team each time, kicked off as the Continental Tire Bowl (2002-04) and Meineke Car Care Bowl (2005-10) in previous years. Since 2014, the game schedules second pooled selections from the ACC and Southeastern Conference together. They’ve split four head-to-head matchups.
Belk Bowl Results
|2004||Boston College||N. Carolina||37-24||1||N/A||W||N/A|
|2005||N.C. State||S. Florida||14-0||-3.5||N/A||W||N/A|
|2008||W. Virginia||N. Carolina||31-30||-2||47||L||O|
|2015||Mississippi St.||N.C. State||51-28||-6||61.5||W||O|
|2017||Wake Forest||Texas A&M||55-52||-3||64.5||P||O|
Belk Bowl Key Betting Numbers
Average Victory Margin: 11.6
Average Line: -2.8
Favorite ATS: 9-5-2
Average Total: 52.8 (since 2006)
O/U Record: 7-5 (since 2006)
O/U Margin: 7.7
Largest Underdog Upset: Virginia 48 (+5.5), West Virginia 22 (2002)
Largest Spread: Cincinnati -9.5 (2012)
Largest Rout: Virginia 48, West Virginia 22 (2002)
Belk Bowl Summary & Trends
- The game winner is 12-2-2 ATS, covering a -2.8 average line by 8.7 points per game.
- Favorites have won 11 of the last 12 Belk Bowls. All have kicked off laying a single-digit line.
- The winner averages 34.2 points.
- The team with the higher average margin of victory for the season has won 11 of 16 Belk Bowls. Virginia owns a 6.7 and South Carolina a 5.4 differential.
Conference H2H: SEC vs. ACC
Since 1980, the SEC is 177-119-3 SU (59.8 percent) and 151-145-3 AST (51.0 percent) versus the ACC, going off a -2.6 average favorite. The rates are consistent in bowl and playoff contests, the SEC compiling 35-24 SU (59.3 percent) and 29-28-2 ATS (50.9 percent) records, though the average spread dips to -0.4 slightly.
Since 2006, when an ACC squad sporting a greater average margin of victory enters a bowl matchup with the SEC, the “under’ is 20-6 (76.9 percent) since 1998. The two conferences combine for 48.9 points per game. UVA owns a 6.7 and South Carolina a 5.4 differential.
South Carolina (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS)
Bowl Record: 9-13 SU, 9-8-1 ATS (since 1980)
Coach, Bowl Record: Will Muschamp (2-2 SU, 3-1 ATS)
Will Muschamp split a pair of bowl games coaching Florida and South Carolina in his career, going 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS overall. Often criticized for fielding lackluster offenses, Muschamp has surpassed his projected team total in three of four contests, averaging 28.0 points and 326.8 yards. Also of interest is the fact his squads cough up 4.0 turnovers per game.
South Carolina vs. ACC (since 1980)
SU Record: 45-41
Average Margin: 0.3
ATS Record: 46-41-1
Average Line: 0.1
In two bowl matchups against Miami (FL) and Florida State, the “under’ is cashing by a -14.2 average margin.
Virginia Cavaliers (7-5 SU, 8-4 ATS)
Bowl Record: 7-12 SU, 9-9-1 ATS
Coach, Bowl Record: Bronco Mendenhall (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS)
All but one of Bronco Mendenhall’s bowl appearances occurred during a 10-year stint coaching BYU. Navy blasted the Cavaliers 49-7 as 2-point chalk in lat year’s Military Bowl. Mendenhall rushes for just 87.6 yards on 30.8 carries per game in the postseason, so aim low if wagering proposition bets and the like. For what it’s worth, only six of 16 Belk Bowl winners have outrushed their opponent.
Virginia vs. SEC (since 1980)
SU Record: 4-7
Average Margin: -4.1
ATS Record: 7-4
Average Line: 4.1
The Cavaliers are 1-4 SU and 3-2 ATS in bowl matchups against the SEC since 1980, losing by a 7.6 average margin. The defense yields 33.0 points per game.