North Carolina Tar Heels at South Carolina Gamecocks 8/29/13 - Free CFB Picks, Odds, & Predictions
CFB: 6:00 PM EST August 29, 2013 TV: ESPN
Opening night of College Football kicks off with battle of the Carolina's as North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Williams-Brice Stadium to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Border state rivalry game is great way to kick off ESPN year, game will be featured ESPN game with kickoff at 6:00 PM EST. North Carolina owns a 34-17-4 straight up head to head record, Tar Heels and Gamecocks have not played since 2007 when South Carolina won 21-15 in Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels are off bowl suspension and are hoping for improvement in 2nd season for Coach Larry Fedora. UNC went 8-4 in 2012 which would have been good enough to win the ACC Coastal but their post season ban cost them chance to play in ACC Championship game and New Years Day bowl appearance. Offense minded Fedora brought his high flying offense averaging 8th most points in College Football (40.6 ppg) but question for 2013 is can Tar Heels find replacement for star RB Giovanni Bernard. Tar Heels defense was better than expected in 2012 and with 9 returning starters it should be even better in 2013.
Coach Steve Spurrier has built a national power house in just 7 short seasons, proof in the #6 pre-season rankings for the 2013 Gamecocks. Opening night has been money for South Carolina going 6-0 in season openers under Coach Spurrier. The offense of Gamecocks should be solid as QB Conner Shaw has fully recovered from 2012 season ending foot injury. Hard to imagine but Spurrier and the Gamecocks season will be on the shoulders of the dominating South Carolina defense. Defense is led by the freak Junior DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina defense will look to improve on 13th ranked defense of 2012 (18.2 ppg). Clowney might even be dark horse to win 2013 Heisman Trophy.
Recent Betting Trends:
Tar Heels are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
Over is 4-1 in Tar Heels last 5 games overall.
Gamecocks are 6-0 straight up in last 6 season opening games
Under is 4-0 in Gamecocks last 4 vs. ACC.
Free Betting Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks -11
Gamecocks defense will make Coach Fedora's defense wish they were playing a weak sister of the poor opener as South Carolina dominates the line of scrimmage. Clowney not only gets a few sacks but his pressure in backfield will make UNC play much more conservative. Turnovers will be the difference as South Carolina pressure will be too much for North Carolina. Final Score Prediction South Carolina Gamecocks win 30-13.