A new season of college football on ESPN opens this week with a SEC clash this Thursday night between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Vanderbilt Commodores in a 8 p.m. (ET) start at Vanderbilt Stadium. BetAnySports
has opened the Commodores as 3.5-point home favorites with the betting line for the total set at 42.5.
South Carolina is coming off a tough year in SEC play with a straight-up 1-7 mark. Its lone conference win of the season came against Vanderbilt in a 19-10 victory in mid-October as a slight 1.5-point home favorite. The total stayed well UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 45.5-point line and it stayed UNDER in four of the Gamecocks last six games.
New head coach Will Muschamp will have the tall task of turning around an offense that sunk to 110th
in the nation in scoring with 22.3 points per game. His defense was not all that much better at 72nd
in average points allowed (27.5). The quarterback position remains up in the air for 2016, but it looks like Perry Orth should get the starting nod on Thursday night.