Furman Paladins (1-0) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (0-1)
Furman Paladins vs. South Carolina Gamecocks 9/9/23 – The Furman Paladins and the South Carolina Gamecocks are set for a fascinating clash on September 9, 2023, at Williams-Brice Stadium. Airing at 7:30 PM ET on ESP+, this match will reveal if Furman’s strong start can hold against South Carolina’s SEC grit. The Paladins are flying high with a 1-0 start to the season, while the Gamecocks are seeking redemption following a disappointing 0-1 kickoff. As these two teams from contrasting backgrounds face off, all eyes will be on how Furman’s efficiency can challenge South Carolina’s superior talent pool.
Furman has been keenly reliant on Dominic Roberto, their running back, who has 59 rushing yards from 18 attempts, with an average of 3.3 yards per carry. Even more critical are his 2 rushing touchdowns, showcasing his ability to be a finisher when the team is in need. In the receiving department, Kyndel Dean has caught 5 passes for 56 yards, averaging 11.2 yards per reception. While Dean hasn’t scored yet, his potential to stretch the field makes him a key figure in Furman’s aerial attack.
Dakereon Joyner, the Gamecocks’ running back, has struggled to find his stride, accumulating only 23 rushing yards on 12 attempts with an underwhelming 1.9 yards per carry. However, he managed to score a touchdown. On the receiving end, Xavier Legette has been a revelation. With 9 receptions for a staggering 178 yards, his average of 19.8 yards per catch makes him a lethal weapon for the South Carolina offense. Check out our free NCAA Football picks for more insights.
Furman Paladins vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET|
Tyler Huff QB vs. Spencer Rattler QB
Tyler Huff, Furman’s quarterback, is coming off a game where he completed 15 out of 27 passes for 172 yards. His completion percentage stands at 55.6%, and he has managed 6.4 yards per pass attempt. The downside is his lack of touchdowns and a single interception. Huff has also been sacked twice, resulting in a loss of 11 yards, and has a passer rating of 101.7.
On the opposite side, Spencer Rattler for South Carolina is looking like the real deal despite the team’s loss. He completed a highly efficient 30 of 39 passes for 353 yards, with no touchdowns but also no interceptions. Rattler’s completion rate stands at an impressive 76.9%, with 9.1 yards per pass attempt. However, he has been sacked 9 times, losing a total of 65 yards. His passer rating is 153, significantly higher than Huff’s.
Comparing the two, Rattler seems to have the upper hand in terms of raw talent and performance. However, his protection seems compromised, given the number of times he has been sacked. Huff, although less dazzling, offers a sense of resilience that could prove advantageous.
Odds/Point Spread: South Carolina Gamecocks ML, Total Odds: –
In the absence of specific betting odds, the analysis leans in favor of South Carolina over Furman for several reasons. Despite Furman’s impressive Against the Spread (ATS) record, their inability to win games outright casts doubt on their chances for an upset. South Carolina, meanwhile, has a strong record in games played on Saturdays and at home, and they’re more accustomed to high-level competition in the SEC. Given these factors and the key players involved, the pick is for South Carolina to win the matchup.
Furman Paladins Betting Trends
Furman has an exceptional record of 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 games, but they are winless in their last 8 games, indicating they often beat the spread but not the opponent. Their 0-5 SU in the last 5 road games and 0-6 SU against Southeastern conference teams cast a gloomy shadow.
South Carolina Gamecocks Betting Trends
South Carolina is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games played in September and 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games played in week 2. However, they have shown some mettle with a 6-3 SU in their last 9 games played on Saturdays and an even more impressive 8-3 SU when playing at home on Saturdays.
Furman Paladins vs. South Carolina Gamecocks 9/9/23 Betting Picks
Although Furman’s ATS record is eye-catching, their inability to win outright, especially on the road and against SEC teams, is glaring. On the other hand, South Carolina, led by the stellar performance of Spencer Rattler, appears to be the safer bet for an outright win. While Furman may put up a fight initially, expect the Gamecocks to pull away comfortably, capitalizing on their home advantage and the talent disparity between the two sides. For more insights, check out our guaranteed sports picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: TBD.