SEC Predictions: Picking every game against the spread for Week 4

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Sep 19, 2015; Athens, GA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier reacts during a fight on the field against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated South Carolina 52-20. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

  • Date: Saturday September 26, 2015
  • Time: 12PM Eastern
  • Location: Columbia, SC
  • TV Channel: ESPNU
  • Spread: South Carolina -15.5
  • Over/Under Total: 44.5

It’s become clear that South Carolina just isn’t a very good football team right now, especially on defense. The Gamecocks were embarrassed 52-20 last week against Georgia in Athens, and allowed Bulldogs’ quarterback Greyson Lambert to complete a FBS record 96 percent of his passes while Nick Chubb rolled to 159 yards and two touchdowns.

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When the dust finally settled, South Carolina had allowed 576 total yards, which increased the team’s 2015 average to 471.7 yards allowed per contest. That ranks dead last in the SEC and No. 108 nationally. The Gamecocks have also allowed 30.3 points per game through the first three weeks of the season, which also ranks last in the league and No. 96 in the country.

Luckily for Steve Spurrier and Co., the next opponent is UCF, who is off to an even more embarrassing start to the season. The Knights are 0-3 with ugly, one-point losses to FIU and Furman sandwiching a 31-7 loss to Stanford. The anemic UCF offense has scored just 12 points per game, and has averaged 248.3 total yards per contest – both of which are the worst in the nation.

Even South Carolina should be able to keep the UCF offense out of the end zone, but the question becomes whether or not new starting quarterback Lorenzo Nunez can help the Gamecocks score enough to cover.

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