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SOUTH CAROLINA vs AUBURN Prediction & Preview



#123 Auburn University
Tigers -3.5
#124 University of South Carolina
Gamecocks 3.5

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 12:00pm

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The SEC's conference only schedule continues on Saturday with the South Carolina Gamecocks (1-2) hosting the #15 Auburn Tigers (2-1).

Both teams played last week, with Auburn winning 30-28 as a 13.5 point favorite. South Carolina is coming off a 41-7 road win as a 14.5 point favorite against SEC bottom-feeder Vanderbilt.

These two programs have not played since 2014 when Auburn won 42-35.

(Injury updates and line movements are updated as of Friday afternoon.)

Line Movements:

The line has trended down slightly this week. After opening with Auburn -3, it has shifted to Auburn -2.5 points in this contest. Auburn is getting a narrow majority with 54 percent of the bets ATS backing the Tigers giving the points. The Tigers are getting 52 percent of the bets on the moneyline.

The over/under has climbed somewhat in this contest. After opening with a total of 50 points, it currently sits at 52.5 or 53 points depending on the sportsbook. We note that 69 percent of the bets on the total are backing the over in this contest. That's a big of a surprise after Auburn's struggles with Arkansas last weekend.

Game-time Weather:

The temperature at kickoff is slated to be in the low-60s but by the time the game is over, the temperature will have bumped up slightly to the mid-60s. There are sunny skies in the forecast with no chance of precipitation predicted. Winds are expected from the northeast between five and seven miles an hour with gusts coming in around 10 miles per hour.


Auburn Escapes Arkansas

Auburn opened the season with a 29-13 win as a 6.5 point favorite against Kentucky, followed by a 27-6 loss as a 7.5 point dog to Georgia.


Auburn is second in the SEC, allowing only 22.7 points per game, but eight giving up 421 yards. Auburn is 10th against the rush allowing 155.3 yards, and seventh with 265.7 passing yards allowed per game.



The Tigers are 11th in the conference scoring 21.7 points, and second to last in the conference, only ahead of Vanderbilt with 328.7 total yards. Quarterback Bo Nix has completed 56.8% of his passes with four touchdowns against one interception for 199 yards per contest. Nix is coming off a 17 for 28 performance for 187 passing yards and one touchdown against Arkansas, along with ten carries for 30 yards and his first rushing touchdown of the season. Nix's top target in the 30-28 win against Arkansas was 6' wide receiver Anthony Schwartz who caught ten passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers ran the ball for 259 yards and 6.3 yards per attempt, led by Tank Bigsby with 20 carries for 146 yards.

Auburn outgained Arkansas 446 to 437 for the game by allowing just 2.8 yards per carry and 119 yards, despite allowing Razorback's quarterback Feleipe Franks to throw for 318 yards with four touchdowns and no turnovers. Auburn avoided the upset thanks to a 23 yard, seven-play drive that led to a 39-yard game-winning field goal by Anders Carlson, who made three of his four attempts.

Injury Report:

OUT: LB K.J. Britt, LB O.C. Brothers, LB Romello Height, LB Josh Marsh, LB Chandler Wooten

Questionable: DE Big Kat Bryant, DE Daniel Foster-Allen, DE Jay Hardy, RB Shaun Shivers, DB Jaylin Simpson, WR Eli Stove, OL Austin Troxell, WR Seth Williams


South Carolina Routs Vanderbilt

South Carolina opened the year with a 31-27 loss as a four-point road underdog to the Tennesse Volunteers, followed by a 38-24 loss as a 14.5 point underdog to Florida.


The Gamecocks average 30.7 points per game on the season, which is sixth in the conference, and they are ninth in total yards with 397.7. The Gamecocks are rushing for 165 yards per game and 4.5 yards per attempt, led by Kevin Harris, who has 326 yards and four touchdowns on 56 carries. Colorado State State graduate transfer quarterbackCollin Hillhas completed 62.7% of his passes for 232.7 yards per game with three touchdowns and one pick. Against Vanderbilt, Hill completed 16 of 24 passes for 196. Hill did not throw any touchdowns or interceptions against the Commodores but did add two rushing touchdowns and 12 yards.


The Gamecocks outgained the Commodores 485 to 249 for the game and won the turnover battle 2 to 1. 31 of the Gamecocks 41 points came in the second half.

Defensively, South Carolina is fourth in the SEC, holding opponents to 25.3 points per game and third with 330.3 yards allowed, third against the pass allowing 234 yards, and fourth against the rush giving up 96.3.

Injury Report:

OUT: WR Jalen Brooks, WR Randrecous Davis, OL Mark Fox, LB Sherrod Greene, OL Trai Jones, RB Marshawn Lloyd, OL Jordan Rhodes, WR OrTre Smith, QB Jay Urich

Questionable: TE Jaheim Bell, DB Israel Mukuamu, LS Hunter Rogers, OL Will Rogers

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