Belk Bowl prediction: Perkins, Virginia to upset SC

South Carolina vs. Virginia - 12/29/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Carolina vs. Virginia - 12/29/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

SC has been relying upon its offense to carry it in games while its defense remains porous. With WR Deebo Samuel sitting out the bowl game to prepare for the National Football League draft, the Gamecocks are expected to lean on Edwards. At 6-3 and 220 pounds, Edwards especially will get the opportunity to prove what he can do as a defense's primary point of emphasis.

Zaccheaus had touchdown catches of 6, 10 and 12 yards. Quarterback Bryce Perkins threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Tech as Virginia finished the regular season at 7-5.

"We think about it a lot", Reed said of how last season ended and finishing on a better note this year. Vann (5'10/185) has been rotating outside during his freshman season, but there will be more snaps and targets to go around with wide receiver Deebo Samuel skipping the game to focus on the 2019 NFL Draft. Virginia ranks 29th in time of possession, averaging 31:43 in terms of keeping the ball per game. Offensively, South Carolina has been led by Jake Bentley who has completed 63.9% of his passes for 27 TD & 12 INT while averaging 268.5 passing yds/g. His 27 touchdowns this season are second-most in a season by a Gamecocks quarterback, and two touchdowns against Virginia would give him a share of the all-time record. SC finished the regular season ranked 35th in total offense, however, I think they are going to run into some trouble against a Cavaliers defense that ranks 27th in scoring defense and 23rd in total defense.

Virginia's Olamide Zaccheaus (4) runs the ball while Duke's Marquis Waters tackles during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. When these two teams meet, contrasting styles will clash.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks have won five of their last six bowl games with the lone loss coming in Will Muschamp's first season as head coach. Don't expect that this time around, as neither defense is as porous as Wake and A&M were.

SC is a decent team however, this is a Gamecocks team that had trouble beating quality opponents this season. It wouldn't be a surprise if these teams fell short of the over-under (54), and in close matches, favor the team with the turnover edge.

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