College football gambling handicappers have mixed thoughts on the South Carolina Gamecocks as they were flat in their NCAA football gambling loss for the SEC title.
The Georgia Dome in Atlanta is the venue for the Chick-fil-A Bowl between the #20 South Carolina Gamecocks and the #23 Florida State Seminoles on December 31 that will begin with an ESPN telecast at 7:30 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened with Chick-fil-A Bowl odds of South Carolina -3 with a total of 54.5.
Florida State has a record of 9-4 straight up and 7-6 with the NCAA odds as 8 of their games went under the total.
First year coach Jimbo Fisher did a masterful job of quickly restoring the program’s pride and momentum for the future as FSU won the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division title before losing the ACC title game to Virginia Tech 44-33 as quarterback Christian Ponder couldn’t answer the bell due to an elbow injury.
Ponder is probable for action with the Chick-fil-A Bowl odds. Florida State showed significant improvement on defense and ranked 25th for points allowed while ranking in 38th for scoring offense. Ponder passed for 2038 yards and 20 TD’s while the trio of Chris Thompson, Ty Jones, and Jermaine Thomas all averaged over 5.7 yards per rush.
South Carolina finished with a record of 9-4 straight up and 7-6 with the NCAA football lines as 9 of their games went over the total. The Cocks won the Southeastern Conference East Division but their 56-17 blowout loss to Auburn in the SEC title game took much luster off what was otherwise a breakout season.
Carolina ranked in the middle of the national rankings in all key offensive categories while ranking 8th in the nation for rush defense but an alarming 107th against the pass, which could prove fatal against Ponder. Steven Garcia had a solid season at QB with 2816 yards, 8.9 yards per attempt, and a 20/11 TD/INT ratio while freshman Marcus Lattimore rushed for 1198 yards.
Florida State is 5-0-1 against the spread in their last 6 college football gambling bowl matchups while South Carolina has covered 6 of their last 7 non conference games.