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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Betting

Time: 6 PM EST Thursday August 29, 2013

The 6th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks host the North Carolina Tar Heels in a non-conference match up in the first game of the season for both teams.

Last season South Carolina was 11-2 and finished 3rd in the SEC East and North Carolina finished 8-4 and won the ACC Coastal Division.

Since Steve Spurrior became head coach of South Carolina in 2005 the Gamecocks are 6-0 in season opening games on Thursday night.

South Carolina’s defense is led by Heisman candidate DE Jadeveon Clowney and a key match up in this game is him facing UNC OT James Hurst, who is a potential first round pick in the next NFL draft.

Last season the Tar Heels ranked 8th in the nation in scoring averaging 40.6 ppg.

Last season South Carolina was 8-0 at home and North Carolina was 2-3 on the road.

Betting Odds 5Dimes
Point Spread: South Carolina -11
Over/Under Total Line: 56.5

2012 Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
North Carolina Tar Heels: 8-4 SU 5-6 ATS
South Carolina Gamecocks: 11-2 SU 8-4 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• UNC is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
• UNC is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
• UNC has an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
• SC is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
• SC is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
• SC has an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
North Carolina: 76.36
South Carolina: 86.77

Key Player Injuries

UNC
[WR] 08/15/2013 – Dalton Stogner out for season ( Knee )
[LB] 08/15/2013 – Nathan Staub out indefinitely ( Knee )
[DB] 08/15/2013 – Sam Smiley out for season ( Toe )
[LB] 08/15/2013 – Shakeel Rashad out for season ( Knee )
[RB] 08/20/2013 – A.J. Blue “?” Thursday vs. South Carolina ( Hamstring )

USC
[DE] 08/15/2013 – Jadeveon Clowney probable Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Shoulder )
[WR] 08/15/2013 – Bruce Ellington “?” Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Hamstring )
[LB] 08/15/2013 – Cedrick Cooper “?” Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Elbow )
[DE] 08/15/2013 – Chaz Sutton probable Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Foot )
[OL] 08/15/2013 – Cody Gibson “?” Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Knee )
[WR] 08/15/2013 – Damiere Byrd probable Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Hamstring )
[DE] 08/15/2013 – Gerald Turner “?” Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Ankle )
[LB] 08/15/2013 – James King “?” Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Foot )
[LB] 08/15/2013 – Kyle Morini “?” Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Elbow )
[OL] 08/15/2013 – Mike Matulis “?” Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Shoulder )
[RB] 08/21/2013 – Mike Davis expected to start Thursday vs. North Carolina ( None )
[DE] 08/22/2013 – Devin Washington out indefinitely ( Concussion )
[TE] 08/25/2013 – Rory Anderson is downgraded to doubtful Thursday vs. North Carolina ( Hamstring )

Next Game
South Carolina @ Georgia
North Carolina vs. Middle Tennessee State

Point Spread Selection : Steve Spurrior has guided his Gamecocks to back to back AP top 25 finishes for the first time in the school’s history. Coach Spurrior is 22-1 all-time in season openers. That combined with returning QB Connor Shaw’s 17-3 record as the starter and a perfect 10-0 at home, are just a few reasons we like USC in their Thursday night season opener. The Gamecocks are 7-2 at home in their L9 ATS and 5-1 against the number vs. the ACC. UNC are 1-5 ATS in their L6 on the road. USC are the highest-ranked opponent that the Tar Heels have faced since 2005 and we feel they’re out classed in this match-up. The Gamecocks opened as a 11 point favorite, but the line has since moved to 12. We like USC to win by 2 or more touchdowns.
Take the Gamecocks -12 at 5Dimes and get reduced juice on every play.

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