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College Football Week 5 Picks: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UCF Knights

Jeff GrantContributor ISeptember 25, 2013

College Football Week 5 Picks: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UCF Knights

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    The South Carolina Gamecocks have won 17 consecutive regular-season games against non-conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your college football Week 5 picks on Saturday as they take on the UCF Knights at Bright House Networks Stadium.

    Sports bettors will find that the Gamecocks are 7.5-point road favorites in the NCAA football odds, with the betting total sitting at 53 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    *Gambling stats via SBR Forum

South Carolina Gamecocks

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    The South Carolina Gamecocks will hit the road for the second time this season following a 35-25 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores as 10.5-point home favorites on Sept. 14.

    College football handicappers will find that the Gamecocks are 5-0 straight up and 3-2 against the spread as road favorites since 2011. 

UCF Knights

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    The UCF Knights have scored at least 30 points in their first three games of the season for the first time in school history. Most recently, they picked up a 34-31 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions as 4.5-point road underdogs on Sept. 14.

    Over the past two-plus seasons, the Knights are 8-4 straight up and against the spread versus non-conference opponents, with the UNDER going 8-3-1 in that situation. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total, as the OVER is 3-0 in UCF's last three games as underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points.

    College Football Pick: Over 53

     

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