South Carolina Gamecocks College Football Betting
It was a very rocky start for Notre Dame Fighting Irish rookie head coach Marcus Freeman. The Fighting Irish started the season 0-2, including a stunning home loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd. Later in the season, the Fighting Irish lost at home to the horrible Stanford Cardinal in a prime time telecast. But after the Stanford loss, Notre Dame won five straight games to set up an attractive showdown with the USC Trojans. Back in the day, a game between the Fighting Irish and the Men of Troy was appointment television. USC and Notre Dame are building towards those types of encounters again. USC proved to be a bit too much for the Fighting Irish. The jury remains out on Freeman, but many Fighting Irish fans believe the worst is over.
NCAA Football Betting Odds
South Carolina Gamecocks +3.5
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3.5
South Carolina Gamecocks Weekly Matchup
On Friday, December 30, 2022, the South Carolina Gamecocks of the Southeastern Conference will face the independent Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Kickoff time is 3:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN.
Notre Dame is the much bigger brand in this matchup and one of the top names on the board in any sport. Wise Guys will look for enhanced value from the improving Gamecocks.
Last game, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost 38-27 against the USC Trojans as 4-point road dogs. The game went over the total of 63. Notre Dame has a record of 8-4 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 7-5 over/under the total. Notre Dame ranks 76th for total offense, 106th for passing, 45th for rushing and 52nd for scoring. Defensively they rank 22nd overall, 21st against the pass, 43rd against the rush, and 34th for points allowed. Also, Notre Dame ranks 67th for fewest turnovers lost and 82nd for takeaways.
Caleb Willams polished his Heisman credentials with 232 yards passing and four total touchdowns. USC capped its outstanding regular season under new coach Lincoln Riley by staying firmly in the College Football Playoff race with a victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night.
The night felt like a Heisman coronation for Williams, who iced it with 2:35 to play by sprinting 16 yards through the heart of the defense for his school-record 44th total TD.
Williams was serenaded with frequent chants of ''Heisman! Heisman!'' from the Coliseum crowd, which has cheered seven previous Heisman winners in this school's fabled history. USC became the first team to gain 400 yards and to score more than 32 points this season against the Irish while completing its first 11-win regular season since 2008.
Drew Pyne passed for 318 yards and hit Michael Mayer for two of his three TDs for the Irish, whose five-game winning streak ended in their regular-season finale under new coach Marcus Freeman.
Pyne completed his first 15 throws into the fourth quarter, but he ultimately couldn't keep up with Williams, and the Irish surrendered the Jeweled Shillelagh on their first trip to the Coliseum since 2018.
The 93rd edition of this rivalry was a showcase for Williams, the sophomore who followed Riley from Oklahoma to USC last winter.
South Carolina Gamecocks Weekly Recap
Last game, the South Carolina Gamecocks won 31-30 against the Clemson Tigers as 14-point road dogs. The game went over the total of 53. South Carolina has a record of 8-4 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, and 7-5 over/under the total. South Carolina ranks 77th for total offense, 42nd for passing, 105th for rushing and 45th for scoring. Defensively they rank 78th overall, 29th against the pass, 113th against the rush, and 78th for points allowed. Also, South Carolina ranks 127th for fewest turnovers lost and 36th for takeaways.
Spencer Rattler, who threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns against Tennessee, ended Clemson's chance at a playoff berth. Antwane Wells Jr. had nine catches for 131 yards, including touchdowns of 4 and 72 yards.
Clemson was looking to set a series record with its eighth in a row over South Carolina. And the Tigers were up 30-21 midway through the third period after Will Shipley's 11-yard burst to the end zone.
Rattler finished 25 of 39 passing with two interceptions, one of which linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. returned for a 35-yard TD.
The Gamecocks probably wish there was more left to the season. It's been a landmark regular season in Beamer's second season as coach, with wins over ranked Kentucky vs. Texas A&M and against the seemingly CFP-bound Vols before beating rival Clemson.
2022 South Carolina Gamecocks Schedule
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