Should you bet on the Tar Heels or Gamecocks?

UNC Vs South Carolina Spread, ATS Pick & How To Watch

The 2.5-point underdog North Carolina Tar Heels are taking their border rivalry Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium to face the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday evening.

It’s early in the season and the CFB betting spread is a mere 2.5 points. Should you bet on the Tar Heels or Gamecocks?

A Closer Look At The North Carolina Tar Heels Vs South Carolina Gamecocks Spread & My Against The Spread Pick.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015 
Start Time: 6:00 PM ET 
Location: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Odds: South Carolina -2.5
Game Total: 64
Radio: North Carolina vs South Carolina
TV Info: ESPN  

Can UNC Cover the 2.5-point against the Gamecocks?

The Tar Heels need to establish the run if they have a prayer.

Experience on the offensive line is ultra-important for college football teams. It might be the most important thing from year-to-year since the most successful programs are able to both run and pass the football. North Carolina has a very experienced offensive line.

The Tar Heels appear to have the upper hand in this matchup because UNC returns all of its starters along the offensive line. QB Marqise Williams goes into the season after having hip surgery, but it may not matter because UNC also has 2 excellent tailbacks in T.J. Long, who averaged 4.9 yards per carry last season, and 6’0”, 220 pounds freshman running back Ty’Son Williams.

Gene Chizik, the former Auburn coach, takes over the defense at North Carolina. He’ll have to find a way to get the unit, which finished last in the ACC in 2014, to get through Shell and to Mitch before Mitch can throw the ball to Cooper. The guess is that Chizik will do so. Even though South Carolina is the favorite, North Carolina actually looks like the winner in this matchup.

Open Sportsbook Account Now | View Live NFL Preseason Odds Now

Can South Carolina Cover the 2.5-point Against The Tar Heels?

The Gamecocks are in a transition period and their ranking reflects that.

South Carolina is traditionally a huge favorite going into the first game of the season. Then again, the Gamecocks are usually ranked in the Top 10. That won’t be the case this season as South Carolina appears to be going through something of a transition.

The Gamecocks have been picked by most football analysts to finish behind Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee in the SEC East. Although South Carolina usually has one of the toughest defenses in the SEC, not a single player from the Gamecock’s D has been chosen for the 2015 All SEC preseason team. One player that was chosen is wide receiver Pharoh Cooper.

Too bad for Gamecock fans that Cooper has to play with an unproven QB under center. Coach Steve Spurrier announced that Connor Mitch, who went 2 of 6 in two games as a redshirt freshman last season, will be the starter versus UNC. Cooper is good enough to play like that other Cooper, the one that is in silver and black on Sunday’s in the NFL this season, who suited up for Alabama. But, will Mitch be able to get him the ball?

A.J. Cann is no longer on South Carolina’s offensive line. Senior Brandon Shell will be counted on to keep the line together and to protect Mitch. It won’t be easy for him to do all by himself. Nobody else along the offensive line has as much experience as Shell. If South Carolina can’t protect Mitch, North Carolina will win straight up.

My Against The Spread Pick is North Carolina beating South Carolina by a score of 45-34.

There is nothing like betting on a college football rivalry game. Here are my picks.

Top 10 College Football Rivalry Games In 2015

The 2015 College Football season is within sight. I surveyed the schedule and college football betting odds. Below are the top 10 College Football rivalry games to bet this season.

Bet These College Football Rivalry Games In 2015

Alabama vs Wisconsin – Sept. 5

It appears that Alabama will have the upper hand in this contest since its defensive line will be tough with A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed and Jonathan Allen all back. Wisconsin’s quarterback, Joel Stave, may not get the time needed from his offensive line in order to exploit Alabama’s secondary. The Crimson Tide is the pick. Click here for an in-depth look.

Auburn at LSU – Sept. 19

Some are predicting Auburn gets into the College Football Playoffs this season. The Tigers return their Top 3 tacklers on defense. Former Florida D-coordinator Will Muschamp takes the reins for the D. Auburn’s offense should be explosive, but the LSU Tigers get Auburn in Death Valley in this matchup. It should be awesome!

Stanford at USC – Sept. 19

With Marcus Mariota graduating from Oregon last season, the Pac 12 is up for grabs this season. An early battle between USC and Stanford could determine which team gets the upper hand in the conference. This game almost always comes down to the final drive.

USC at Notre Dame – Oct. 17

One of the great classic rivalries of all time resumes on Oct. 17. Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame squad should have one of the most explosive offenses in the nation with QB Malik Zaire at the controls. Zaire faces a stout USC defense.

Oregon at Arizona State – Oct. 29

Two more teams with a shot at winning the Pac 12 this season battle it out in Tempe on Oct. 29. The key question is whether or not Oregon’s offense without Mariota will be able to get past one of the most aggressive defenses in the nation at ASU.

LSU at Alabama – Nov. 7

Once again, the LSU Tigers have questions at quarterback. They’re going to need excellent quarterback play to upset Alabama in this contest since the only weakness on ‘Bama’s D might be the secondary. It might be the secondary. LSU won’t get any yards on the ground. But, the Tigers from Baton Rouge always play the Tide tough. Don’t be surprised if this ends up as one of those 14 to 13 or 10 to 9 LSU vs Alabama battles.

Florida State at Clemson – Nov. 7

The guess is that by the time this game comes around former Notre Dame QB star Everett Golson will be the man under center for the Seminoles. Golson will have some weapons on offense, but Clemson’s strength on D will be the secondary this season. Is this the year that Clemson upsets Florida State?

Ohio State vs Michigan State – Nov. 21

It doesn’t matter which quarterback will start for the Buckeyes in the biggest matchup of the year in the Big Ten. Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are all good enough to break down the vaunted Michigan State defense. If the Spartans could pull off the upset, they should be on their way to a Big Ten title.

Baylor at TCU – Nov. 27

Baylor returns all four starters in their secondary. That could be the difference since both teams figure to have excellent offenses again. This game should decide the Big 12 title since because there are only 10 teams in the Big 12, the conference can’t put on a championship game.

Alabama vs Auburn – Nov. 28

The Iron Bowl might have even more significance this season than it ever has. If both Auburn and Alabama are undefeated going into the Iron Bowl, the winner, no doubt, will stamp its ticket to the College Football Playoffs. Even the loser could get in if both are that much more impressive than some of the other contenders.

Which NCAAF Playoff matchup do you want to see?

Top 7 College Football Playoff Match-ups Everyone Wants

Last year’s inaugural College Football Playoff was a resounding success. Click here for this years odds. Who else agrees that the playoff system should be expanded to accommodate more teams?

I do and here are my top seven college football playoff matchups that I want to see this year. Even with just four spots available, I have expanded my list to seven incase any one of the teams in my top four matchups falters.

Top 7 College Football Playoff Match-ups We Want To See

  1. Alabama vs. Ohio State – Ohio State beat Alabama in the College Football Playoff last season, but if we remember, Alabama had the lead going into half time. ‘Bama lost due to suspect play-calling by Lane Kiffin. The Crimson Tide’s defensive line should be stacked. Also, Derrick Henry averaged 7.3 yards from 13 carries versus the Buckeyes in last season’s game. Don’t you want to see what adjustments Saban is going to make versus Urban Meyer? We do!
  2. Ohio State vs. Baylor – Baylor’s offense could resemble Ohio State’s in a lot of ways this season since QB Seth Russell runs very well just like Ohio State’s JT Barrett. Russell can also throw the ball. He’s comparable to not only Barrett but to Cardale Jones as well. Baylor’s defense is loaded. This should be an exciting strategy game between Meyer and Art Briles.
  3. Ohio State vs. TCU – TCU Coach Gary Patterson has to replace almost his entire defense, but if anybody can rebuild a defense, it’s Patterson. TCU’s offense could have the Heisman Trophy winner playing for it in QB Trevone Boykin by the time the College Football Playoff comes around. This would be an entertaining game with both teams scoring a ton of points.
  4. Alabama vs. Baylor – Will Alabama’s excellent defensive line stop Russell and the Baylor offense? How would Baylor’s D, even with all of that experience, stack up to Alabama’s run heavy offense and Derrick Henry? This is a great matchup waiting to happen.
  5. Alabama vs. TCU – It would be awesome to see how well Boykin plays against the best defensive line in the nation. Boykin, contrary to what some might think, is more a passer than a rusher. The battle between Boykin and Alabama’s front 7 would be electrifying.
  6. Ohio State vs. Auburn – Talk about a strategy game. Ohio State’s offense versus Will Muschamp’s Auburn defense. Gus Mahlzan’s Auburn offense versus Ohio State’s defense. Can Urban Meyer and his staff out think Mahlzan and Muschamp and their staff? This would be great!
  7. Ohio State vs USC – Steve Sarkisian versus Meyer. Urban is the standard when it comes to coaching. He’s where Sarkisian hopes he’ll be soon. Sarkisian has a good team at USC this season. Cody Kessler could be the best quarterback in college football. Even though on paper Ohio State looks better than USC, you’d have to expect that Sarkisian would put together a game plan to challenge the Buckeyes’ defense.