2014 College Football Week 1 Early Bird Betting Picks

2014 South Carolina Gamecocks Future Betting Odds

After three straight 11-win seasons (the first three in program history) what do head coach Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks have to show for it?

Zero SEC titles and an pair of empty Jadeveon Clowney-sized cleats.

South Carolina is listed at +450 to win the coveted SEC according to the oddsmakers at SportBet.com. Alabama is the top dog listed at +150.

The team has won 33 games over the last three seasons, but this season begins with Spurrier being Spurrier and takes a jab at fellow SEC coach Nick Saban.

"You can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all," Steve Spurrier said in an interview this past June. "How many SECs has [Nick Saban] won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years.

"Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth," Spurrier continued, "I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could.”

NCAA Football Future Betting Odds For Carolina

  • Week 1 Odds: Texas A&M vs South Carolina -28.5.
  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +2500
  • To Win the SEC: +450
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 9.5.

What Will South Carolina’s Offense Look in Like 2014?

With QB Connor Shaw gone, Dylan Thompson is the big man on campus after completing 52 passes for 783 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 as the second stringer. Throughout his career, he has proven himself as viable backup and reliable fill-in but no more.

The last time we saw Thompson in extended playing time, he was woefully inconsistent on the road at Missouri and was bailed out by Shaw, who came off the bench with an injured knee.

If the Gamecocks put together a realistic game plan, then they will pound the rock early and often every Saturday to have a shot in the SEC. Running back Mike Davis is the work horse on offense recording 1134 yards and 11 TDs, averaging 5.8 yards per carry; Davis is listed at +2200 to win the Heisman Trophy this season.

South Carolina’s receivers are led by Damiere Byrd (48 rec, 957 yards, 7 TDs in 2013) and Shaq Roland (30 rec, 535 yards, 6 TD); both will try to fill the gap left by the 49ers 2014 draft pick WR Bruce Ellington’s 49 receptions, 7775 yards and 8 TDs.

The Gamecocks have missed out on making the jump to a blue-chip bowl game in recent years, but that could change this season thanks to running back Mike Davis, a potentially potent offense and an underrated defense that could surprise the pundits.

How Will South Carolina’s Defense Look in 2014?

The Gamecocks’ D was 12th best in the nation last season allowing just above 20 points per game, but after losing three starters from last season’s defensive line (including star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, fellow defensive end Chaz Sutton and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles) unknown players will have to take lead for this team to keep scores close.

Sophomore linebacker Skai Moore leads the way in the heard of the defense with a team best 56 tackles. The secondary has veteran Brison Williams moving from safety to cornerback, but that move implicates there are serious concerns on defending the pass.

South Carolina Gamecocks 2014 Schedule

  • Thursday, August 28 vs Texas A&M 6:00 PM ET | SEC NETWORK
  • Saturday, September 6 vs East Carolina 7:00 PM ET ESPN2 ESPNU
  • Saturday, September 13 vs Georgia 3:30 PM ET CBS
  • Saturday, September 20 @ Vanderbilt TBD
  • Saturday, September 27 vs Missouri TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 @ Kentucky TBD
  • Saturday, October 18 vs Furman TBD
  • Saturday, October 25 @ Auburn TBD
  • Saturday, November 1 vs Tennessee TBD
  • Saturday, November 15 @ Florida TBD
  • Saturday, November 22 vs South Alabama TBD
  • Saturday, November 29 @ Clemson TBD

South Carolina Final Analysis

Winning 11 games for the fourth consecutive season seems like too big of a challenge to overcome for South Carolina in 2014 especially without Jadeveon Clowney; talented rosters from Arkansas, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Auburn will make the job even harder.

South Carolina Gamecocks Projected Starters On Offense


Dylan Thompson-Sr


Connor McLaurin-Sr


Mike Davis-Jr


Shaq Roland-Jr


Damiere Byrd-Sr


Nick Jones-Sr


Rory Anderson-Sr


Corey Robinson-Sr


A.J. Cann-Sr


Cody Waldrop-So


Will Sport-Jr


Brandon Shell-Jr


Elliott Fry-So

South Carolina Gamecocks Projected Starters On Defense


Gerald Dixon-Jr


J.T. Surratt-Sr


Phillip Dukes-Jr


Darius English-So


Sharrod Golightly-Sr


Kaiwan Lewis-Jr


Marcquis Roberts-Jr




Rico McWilliams-So


Kadetrix Marcus-Sr


Brison Williams-Sr


Tyler Hull-Sr