Four nationally-ranked SEC BCS title contenders, highlighted by undefeated 14th-ranked Missouri, will all try to pick up a victory in a trio of Week 8 NCAA college football matchups that all figure to have BCS bowl game implications.
With the weekend quickly approaching and all three contests set for Saturday, let’s get the ball rolling.
College Football Betting Picks:
No. 9 South Carolina at Tennessee
South Carolina -7
The South Carolina Gamecocks (5-1 SU, 2-4 ATS) have won four straight games and are coming off an emphatic a 52-7 Week 7 win over Arkansas while easily covering the spread as a 4.5-point road favorite to snap a dismal four-game ATS losing streak.
The Tennessee Volunteers (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) fought their hearts out in their crushing 34-31 home loss to Georgia two weeks ago, but managed to cash in against the spread as a 13, 5-point home dog to move to 3-2 ATS over their L/5 games.
Analysis: Tennessee had been favored in eight straight home games until their 2011 meeting against the Gamecocks in which they were 3.5-point dogs and ended up losing 14-3.
The Vols have gone 7-2 SU against their longtime SEC rivals over this nine-game span, but are also just 2-5-2 ATS in these contests.
After seeing the Gamecocks completely dismantle Arkansas a week ago, I’m going to advise collegiate gridiron gamblers to back South Carolina to get the outright road win and narrow ATS cover.
The Gamecocks are 18-7-1 ATS in their L/20 games following a win of 20 points or more while Tennessee has gone 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.
While I’m no big fan of the Gamecocks this season, I do like them to win and cover.
The Pick: South Carolina -7 Points
No. 16 Georgia at Vanderbilt
Ironically, both the Georgia Bulldogs (4-2 SU, 1-4-1 ATS) and Vanderbilt Commodores (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS) will be looking to shake off losses to Missouri in their last contests when they meet for this Week 8 showdown.
Georgia was upset by the Tigers on Saturday, falling 41-26 at home while never coming close to covering the spread as a 6.5-point home favorite.
Vanderbilt got pounded by Mizzou in its 51-28 Week 6 loss to the Tigers as a 2.5-point home dog.
Analysis: Losses to Missouri are about the only thing these two teams have in common this season as Georgia really does possess a far more elite gridiron program.
The Bulldogs have won five straight in this series and I expect them to win another while covering the spread with room to spare against a Commodores team they’ve beaten six straight times dating back to 2007.
More importantly, the Bulldogs have covered the NCAAF betting line in three of the last four meetings, with two of those coming as a favorite of at least 14 points.
Not only are the Bulldogs 5-2-1 ATS in their L/8 conference games, but Vanderbilt is just 1-7 ATS in its last eight home games against teams with winning road records..
This one could get ugly with the Bulldogs undoubtedly going to be in a foul mood because of last week’s loss. Back the Georgia Bulldogs to win by double digits collegiate gridiron gamblers.
The Pick: Georgia -8.5 Points
No. 22 Florida at No. 14 Missouri
Not only are the Florida Gators (4-2 SU, 2-4 ATS) coming off a humbling 17-6 road loss to LSU as a 9-point road dog in Week 7, but the 22nd-ranked team in the nation may have an even tougher time this weekend against an undefeated Missouri Tigers (6-0 SU, 6-0 ATS) team that is very talented, even if most casual fans don’t know it.
The Tigers are coming off a shocking, but emphatic 41-26 win over No. 16 Georgia in Week 7 while covering the spread as a 6.5-point road dog with more than enough room to spare.
Analysis: The Missouri Tigers came through for me a week ago and I’m coming back with them again this week against a Florida Gators team they are much better than statistically on offense and nearly equal to defensively.
Missouri averages a stellar 45.7 points per game (eighth) to Florida’s 21.8 per contest. Defensively, the Tigers are allowing just 23.0 points per game though Florida’s average (13.0) ranks fourth nationally.
More importantly, the Tigers are playing at home and will have plenty of motivation to keep their winning streak alive.
The Tigers are a nearly unblemished 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games overall and an equally impressive 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games overall.
The Florida Gators may be favored, but I don’t understand why seeing as how Mizzou pounded Georgia just one week ago and the Gators have gone just 1-7 ATS in their L/8 games following an SU loss and a disturbing 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. Take the Missouri Tigers and the points people!
The Pick: Missouri +3 Points