College Football Picks: South Carolina vs. Missouri

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:04 PM GMT

The Missouri Tigers have national title aspirations after picking up wins in their first seven games to open up the season, as they prepare to host the South Carolina Gamecocks Saturday. Have the bookies left any value on offer for our NCAAF picks?

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds page for this Southeastern Conference matchup at Memorial Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Bounce back opportunity

South Carolina had its four-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, as it suffered a 23-21 setback to the Tennessee Volunteers as seven-point road favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in three contests.

The Gamecocks are still alive in the Eastern Division standings, but they’ll have to pick up a victory without the services of starting quarterback Connor Shaw, who will likely sit out with a knee injury. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 8-5 SU and 6-7 ATS on the road, with the OVER going 7-6 in that situation. 

National title hopes 

Missouri is starting to think about earning a spot in the 2014 BCS championship game, which could lead the program to an upset loss in this affair, as it aims for an 8-0 start for the first time under 13-year head coach Gary Pinkel. 

The Tigers have been getting after it on the defensive end through seven games—leading the SEC with 23 sacks and holding opponents to 22.1 points per game.

Balanced attack 

College football handicappers may have a hard time backing the road underdogs in this spot due to Shaw’s injury, but South Carolina’s offense has been balanced throughout the year, averaging 224.6 rushing and 247.3 passing yards per game. 

Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier has faith in No. 2 signal-caller Dylan Thompson, while he’s compiled a 16-9 ATS mark versus teams with a 5-0 or better record in his career on the sideline. 

A celebration 

The Tigers have won nine of their last 11 Homecoming games, as they try to keep pace with the Oregon Ducks in being the only two schools nationally that have beaten their opponents by at least 15 points in every game.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Gamecocks with their College Football picks, as the Tigers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games versus teams with a non-losing record on the road. 

College Football Pick:  South Carolina Gamecocks +3

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