Tom Stryker’s Free Football Play September 24th


#318 SOUTH CAROLINA (-23) over Charlotte at 7:30 PM EST
In a bad mood off back-to-back straight up losses to No. 16 Arkansas and No. 1 Georgia, South Carolina will take its frustrations out on visiting Charlotte. The 49ers check into this non-conference battle off a huge road win over the GSU Panthers in Atlanta and this is going to be a challenging spot for head coach Will Healy and his boys.

The Gamecocks have a history of beating up bad teams at home. In fact, in their own backyard tackling an opponent that owns a team won/loss percentage less than .333, Carolina holds a money-making 30-2 SU and 23-9 ATS record including a strong 17-1 SU and 15-3 ATS provided this is a non-conference game. Also, favorites priced at -20 or more that take the field off two or more straight up losses own a reliable 34-20 ATS mark provided they dropped their last battle by 20 points or more. If our “play on” side was at home last, this technical situation cruises to an elite 13-2 ATS. That bodes well for the Gamecocks.

Kudos to Charlotte for pulling off the massive upset at Georgia State last weekend. However, backing a 49ers bunch that is on a 2-8 SU and 2-7 ATS run in their last 10 games isn’t going to happen anytime soon. To make matters worse, college football teams that won straight up as a road dog priced at +20 or more in their last contest hold a stiff 37-62-6 ATS mark in their next battle. If our “play against” side is tackling a foe that played in the comforts of home last, this technical situation crashes to a horrible 17-40-5 ATS including a nasty 0-15 SU and 1-10-4 ATS if they are back out on the road again.

The 49ers have faced seven Power-5 schools on foreign soil and inked an 0-7 SU record falling by margins of 48, 56, 48, 11, 42, 34, and 10 points, respectively. That’s an average beating of 35.6 points per game. Head coach Shane Beamer and his troops will bounce back in a big way tonight. Take South Carolina. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.


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