NCAA football betting fans will have what looks to be an even matchup to handicap against the NCAA odds with South Carolina and Ole Miss. The Mississippi Rebels have quickly become a top-10 team and leading SEC contender under second year coach Houston Nutt, who inherited a dispirited team lacking direction when he took over for the 2008 NCAA football betting season.
Last year after a 2-2 start the Rebels finished strong and were 9-4 straight up and 9-3 against the NCAA odds and finished with a Cotton Bowl NCAA football betting win and cover over Texas Tech 47-34 as 4-point dogs.
With 8 starters returning on both offense and defense the Rebels were quickly tagged as NCAA football betting favorites in the SEC. So far this year they have picked up where they left off as they are 2-0 both straight up and against the NCAA football betting board.
Last week the Rebels crushed Southeast Louisiana 52-6 as 37.5-point home favorites. A big reason for the Ole Miss rejuvenation is junior quarterback Jevan Snead who last year threw for nearly 2800 yards and had 26 touchdown passes. This year Snead has hit on 56% of his throw for 384 yards and 5 touchdown passes.
The South Carolina Gamecocks had many more NCAA football betting questions heading into the season as they had just 5 returning starters on offense and just 6 on defense. Sophomore Stephen Garcia has taken over at quarterback for the Gamecocks and has gradually improved.
He has hit on 63% of his passes with 683 yards and 3 touchdowns. South Carolina is 2-1 straight up and 3-0 against the NCAA football betting board and their lone loss was a heartbreaker at Georgia where they were stopped deep in UGA territory to end the game.
One of the great NCAA football betting ironies of South Carolina is that they have never developed a powerful offense under head coach Steve Spurrier and have come more to rely on defense for their success. While Ole Miss looks to be the better team they will have a stern test at South Carolina, which is one of the toughest venues in the SEC.