Virginia (7-5) is the underdog against South Carolina (7-5) in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday (December 29, 2018, 12:00ET).
The betting line opened at -4.0 points for the Gamecocks. They’ve gone a comforting 5-1 straight up as favorites this year, and 3-3-0 against the spread. The Cavaliers are 2-3 straight up as underdogs, and 4-1-0 against the spread.
Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins completed 63.8% of his attempts this season for 2,472 yards and 22 touchdowns. Perkins is an efficient quarterback, with a passer rating of 146.3 this season. Jordan Ellis gained 988 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 9 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
As a whole, Virginia gained 382.2 yards per game and scored 28.5 points per game. The defense allowed 337.2 yards and 21.8 points per game, while Chris Peace led the team with 6 sacks this season.
The Gamecocks offense features quarterback Jake Bentley, who passed for 2,953 yards and 27 TD’s this season. Bentley completed 63.9% of his passes, which works out to a passer rating of 153.6. Rico Dowdle ran for 920 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging a reliable 5.5 yards per carry.
Altogether, South Carolina averaged 440.8 yards per game and 32.6 points. The defense allowed 429.8 yards and 27.2 points per game. T.J. Brunson recorded 4 sacks this season.
Belk Bowl Betting Advice
South Carolina probably underperformed this year, and aren’t helped by the conference they play in. Jake Bentley remains an efficient quarterback, his performance in the Outback Bowl last year was nothing short of heroic, and it’s likely that this line underrates South Carolina’s ability to run up the score on UVA.