This SEC battle features a narrow three-point spread, separating a top-15 team from an improving opponent. Here are the Auburn vs South Carolina predictions and college football picks for Week 7 in the NCAA season.
(15) Auburn vs South Carolina Predictions
All odds courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook
The 15th-ranked Auburn Tigers haven’t exactly wowed anyone on their way to a 2-1 start, and they will look to get their first road of the season at South Carolina as part of the Week 7 College Football Saturday noon slate.
The main cause for concern regarding Auburn lies with the offense. Sophomore quarterback Bo Nix has been far from stellar in each of the Tigers’ first three contests, coming into Saturday’s game with a completion percentage of just 56.8 and just 6.3 yards per passing attempt. Rumors have begun to swirl around whether or not there is a dispute between the QB and offensive coordinator Chad Morris. The Tigers were able to get the run game going in a big way against Arkansas last week. Tank Bigsby rumbled for 146 yards (7.3 yards per carry), while D.J. Williams added 71 yards in a complementary role. Even with that production, it still took a controversial ruling late for Auburn to get the win.
Despite last week’s rushing success, Auburn has not shown an ability to control the time of possession, something that South Carolina excels at doing with an average TOP of over 34 minutes per game. Running back Kevin Harris has posted over 100 yards in back-to-back games. While Collin Hill hasn’t necessarily been explosive, he has been consistent. His rapport with star receiver Shi Smith should only continue to grow. The Gamecocks played Tennessee tough and also managed a backdoor cover against Florida, two teams that I rate ahead of Auburn at this juncture.
College Football Picks: South Carolina +3.5
South Carolina hasn’t beaten Auburn outright since 1933, a streak that could come to an end this week. Looking for a trend to support a play on the College Football picks home dog? South Carolina is 9-1 ATS in their last ten home games against teams averaging fewer than 6.5 yards per passing attempt. -120 odds suggest the +3.5 won’t last long at Bovada Sportsbook so grab it quick!