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Georgia vs South Carolina Betting Lines

What: #5 Georgia Bulldogs vs #6 South Carolina Gamecocks NCAA Football
When: 7:00pm EST. Saturday. October 6, 2012
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium. Columbia, SC.

College football bettors love big SEC matchups, and this week’s showdown between #5 Georgia (5-0, 2-3 ATS) and #6 South Carolina (5-0, 4-1 ATS) is one that’s definitely worth watching. Besides the implications for the SEC Championship, this is a fierce rivalry that neither team has every really dominated.

Last week, Georgia topped the Tennessee Volunteers in a 51-44 shootout. For South Carolina, last week’s margin of victory was higher – a 38-17 win over unranked Kentucky, but the win wasn’t as easy as the score reflected.

This Georgia/South Carolina matchup is a big one that bettors will be all over. The over/under opened at 57, but has come down to earth since then, currently 53.5 at BetOnline. The spread is tight, favoring the home team South Carolina by 1 point at the time this article is being written (Friday morning at 8:00am EST).

Latest Georgia vs South Carolina Betting Lines: Spread, ML & O/U

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Money Line
Money Line
South Carolina
+1 (-105)
-1 (-115)
o53.5 (-110)
u53.5 (-110)
+1 (-110)
-1 (-110)
Personally, I like South Carolina at home in this one. With a spread of just one point, I prefer -120 on the South Carolina money line and taking a win instead of a push at -115. I do expect this game to be close, so I spent the nickel just in case. If you agree with this, take South Carolina -120 at BetOnline.com.

If you like Georgia straight-up, take them at +100 on the money line at BetOnline instead of +1 (-105) on the point spread. You can cover your ass with a push on a 1 point loss, but we’re not in the business of picking losers and hoping for pushes. So, if you like Georgia to win, saving a nickel on the money line is the way to go imo. If you feel that strongly that Georgia might lose by one, take South Carolina or stay away altogether.

Georgia Bulldogs

The Georgia Bulldogs showed a lot of heart last week after throwing away a 17-point lead against the Volunteers, then finishing with a 51-44 win. The game was a rare offensive battle in a conference known for strong defenses.

Any time there’s seven turnovers in a game (four by the Vol’s, three by the Bulldogs), the defenses are doing something right (never mind that the two teams combined for 1,000 offensive yards). In this case, Tennessee gave Georgia all they could handle, leading the time of possession by a full six minutes. Against South Carolina, if they lose the time of possession battle this badly, they’re losing this game.

Georgia’s junior QB Aaron Murray had a good day against the Wildcats, completing 19 of 25 for 278 yards, 2 TD’s, one INT and a sack. He’s running a very balanced offense throwing around 293 yards a game, while Bulldog freshman RB’s Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are helping the team run for around 250 yards a game.

South Carolina Gamecocks

The South Carolina Gamecocks are fresh off of a pretty serious scare last week from lowly Kentucky. KU outscored South Carolina 17-7 in the first half, but the second half was a different story. In the third and fourth quarters, South Carolina scored 31 unanswered points, leading to the final win of 38-17. To the enjoyment of their supporters, South Carolina just barely managed to cover the point spread of -20.

I like that South Carolina didn’t give up while being outplayed in the first half by an inferior team (take a lesson here Arkansas). I don’t care who you are or who your opponent is, any team who loses the first half, then puts up 31 unanswered points in the second half is a team with heart and discipline.

Along with the heart, South Carolina also has the skill. Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw completed 15 of 18 for 148 yards and two TD’s without an interception. He also carried the ball 19 times for another 76 yards (but don’t expect to see him on the loose that much against the Bulldogs).

This is a huge game for Steve Spurrier’s young team and it’s just the first of three consecutive, serious tests they’ll be facing (#5 Georgia, #4 LSU and #10 Florida). It’s a tough road they have, but I expect big things from them.

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Georgia @ South Carolina Betting Picks

Neither team played to their full potential last week, but I’m expecting a real gunfight this weekend. College football bettors should expect this game to be a classic SEC defensive battle that strains both teams to the breaking point.

Georgia vs. South Carolina Point Spread Pick

Right now, the Gamecocks are giving the Bulldogs one point, and that sounds about right to me. These teams are very evenly matched, which makes home field advantage a big deal. I think South Carolina will find that something extra that propelled them in the second half of last week’s game. I expect them to cover, but I’m taking them on the money line instead of the point spread. As I mentioned above, the point spread doesn’t make sense to me in this one.

Georgia vs South Carolina Money Line Pick

I’ve bet on the South Carolina money line of -120 at BetOnline.com. I prefer this over giving up a point to save a nickel, going for the win instead of a push if they win by one.

Although I expect this to be a game that comes down to the wire, I don’t think Georgia will take the SU win. If you think Georgia is going to take it SU, you can get them at even money at BetOnline.

At the time I’m writing this (Friday morning at 8:00am EST), Bovada has yet to post their Georgia vs. South Carolina money line.

South Carolina vs Georgia Over/Under Pick

When two ranked SEC teams this evenly matched go to war, the under is usually the safe play. I realize that both of these teams have thrown up big numbers in their early games, but this one is too important for the defense to be giving up much of anything. With that said, this is about as low as I would bet the under. With the total down to 53.5, if you don’t get your bets in at 53 or higher, I wouldn’t take the under.

Sharps have bet the under down from 57, and the value is lost below where we are right now. If it keeps going down and reaches the 52 – 52.5 range, I recommend the over.

If you want to bet the Georgia vs South Carolina over/under, BetOnline.com is open for business. We’re still waiting for slow-ass Bovada to get their money line and over/under odds posted.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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