The South Carolina Gamecocks are headed to the road to meet the Vanderbilt Commodores in a week one NCAA college football game on tap for Thursday.
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College Football Point Spread Odds: Vanderbilt -3 ½ points
Money Line: Vanderbilt -175 odds and South Carolina +155 odds
Over Under Total: 43
Notes: These SEC teams met in 2015 with South Carolina posting the 19-10 home victory and covering as a -2 point betting favorite with the total going under 45 points.
This begins the era without Steve Spurrier as head coach as he stepped down a season ago. Former Florida coach Will Muschamp takes over. Muschamp was fired at Florida for poor offensive production that impacted the teams record. He has not named a starting quarterback at press time but media pundits are reporting that senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain are the leading candidates. He needs to turn around 3-9 team from a season ago that returns four starters on offense and five to the defense. The point production took a major fall in 2015 as the Gamecocks could only average 22 points per game. Run defense has been poor in recent seasons with South Carolina allowing over 5 yards per rush in 2014 and 2015.
Vanderbilt concluded play in 2015 with a 4-8 mark. Head coach Derek Mason enters his third year with the program and has not made a bowl game thus far in his tenure. The Commodores have been offensively challenged under Mason by averaging 17.2 points per game in 2014 and 15.2 points per game in 2015. Eight starters return on offense for Vanderbilt with seven on defense. Sophomore Kyle Shurmur returns under center despite completing 42.7% of his throws as a freshman with five touchdowns and three picks.
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