South Carolina has to be one of the more perplexing six-win college football teams in recent memory. The Gamecocks have allowed an average of 43 points in losses to Arkansas, Georgia and Florida. But they allowed just 38 points total to Kentucky and Texas A&M during a four-game win streak. The Volunteers and their top-ranked scoring offense seem like a prime candidate to pour on the points but South Carolina is coming off its worst no-show of the season in its 38-6 loss at Florida. The Gamecocks do have one-time Heisman candidate Spencer Ratller under center and, if they show any gumption Saturday, they should cover the ginormous number in their last home game of the season.
Let's just get it out of the way -21.5 is gross I know. The difference of needing four scores to cover as opposed to three is big, especially on the road. That being said there's only one path to the College Football Playoff for Tennessee and it's to win out and do it in big fashion, which Josh Heupel's squad has no problem in the point-scoring category. The Vols have scored 50+ points five times this season including last week against Missouri...and quite frankly didn't play all that well for chunks of the game. This season Tennessee is 8-2 ATS overall, 4-0 ATS vs. unranked opponents and 3-0 ATS as a favorite of 21+ points. South Carolina turns the ball over constantly and the Vols' defense will very much set up the offense. Could see some moments where the game is quirky but don't fret, 1st to 5th gear happens in seconds and there is no brake pedal.