College football betting handicappers must judge Iowa’s strong finish against the Gamecocks disappointing 2008 season versus the college football odds. “The Old Ball Coach” AKA Steve Spurrier has not been able to crack the college football betting wall and enter the upper echelon of the SEC as of yet.
South Carolina had an overall college football betting record of 7-5 straight up and 5-5-1 against the college football odds. As a college football betting dog the Gamecocks covered just 1 out of 4 games. What has been most disappointing for USC has been their offense, which was expected to be a college football betting strength under Spurrier.
The college football betting reality, however, is that the Gamecocks ranked 97th overall nationally on offense. Quarterbacks Chris Smelley and Stephen Garcia were inconsistent and offer no advantage against the college football odds.
South Carolina has little Outback Bowl odds momentum as they were blown out in their final two games in losses at Florida (6-56), and at Clemson (14-31). The one attribute that South Carolina brings against the Outback Bowl odds is their defense which finished 12th nationally in the college football betting rankings.
Iowa overcame a shaky start to finish strong and bring along some good Outback Bowl betting momentum. Iowa had an overall college football betting record of 8-4 straight up and 7-4 against the spread. Iowa got the cash in 5 of their last 7 games.
Their signature win that will most impress Outback Bowl betting fans was their epic home upset over Penn State, 24-23, as 7.5 point dogs. Like South Carolina the Hawkeye’s college football betting strength is their defense, which ranked 13th nationally.
Iowa features a balanced offensive attack. Running back Shonn Greene will most impress the college football betting community with his excellent numbers of 1729 yards rushing, 6.2 yards per carry, and 17 TD’s.
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