The 2nd ranked Alabama Crimson Tide host the 22nd ranked South Carolina Gamecocks as they look to continue their bid to reach their first BCS championship game. Alabama Crimson Tide is 6-0 overall this year, and 3-0 in the SEC. A 22-3 win over then 20th ranked Mississippi last week allowed Alabama to leap ahead of Texas in the rankings. Alabama picked off Mississippi QB Jevan Snead four times and held their offense to only 72 rushing yards in their win. South Carolina comes into tonight’s game with a 5-1 overall record, and 2-1 record within their conference. The Gamecocks only lost came in their second game to then 2st ranked Georgia 41-37 on the road. Since then South Carolina has had four straight wins, including a 16-10 home win over then 4th ranked Mississippi. Tonight’s South Carolina vs Alabama match up should be a dandy – betting lines, trends and predictions for the game are below.
South Carolina vs Alabama Betting Line:
South Carolina +18 (-110)
vs Alabama -18 (-110)
Over 43.5 (-110)
Under 43.5 (-110)
Betting lines taken from www.Bodog.com
South Carolina vs Alabama Betting Trends:
Gamecocks are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games
Crimson Tide are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
Over is 6-1-1 in Gamecocks last 8 games
Over is 4-1 in Crimson Tide last 5 home games
South Carolina vs Alabama Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Alabama 30 South Carolina 17
Spread Prediction – Bet on South Carolina to beat the 18 point spread. No doubt Alabama will win this game, as they try to prove that they are legitimate BCS championship contenders, but South Carolina should stay within 18 points when things are said and done. South Carolina’s defense held Mississippi to only 10 points in their win, and should be able to keep this game respectable. Throw down on South Carolina on the spread at Bodog.com.
Over/Under – Bet the OVER 43.5 total points in this South Carolina vs Alabama match up. I was surprised to see the over/under line this low for this game, even with Alabama having one of the better defenses this year (allowing only 75 points against in their 6 games). Alabama will no doubt be able to put up points at home against this South Carolina team, and I beleive the Gamecock offense will match some of the offense. Lay down a bet on the OVER.