David Purdum of ESPN Chalk joined us this week to talk about a struggling South Carolina team and its game against Texas A&M. The Aggies opened up the week as more than a two-touchdown favorite and the betting line has only grown from there.
The State: What’s going on with the line this week?
Purdum: It opened at 15.5 at the Wynn and it’s already climbed all the way over 17 to 17.5, 17 being the next key number in that scenario. Just not a lot of respect for South Carolina right now, and frankly they haven’t done much to deserve it.
The State: It doesn’t look like the Gamecocks are going to be the favorites in many more games this year does it?
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Purdum: I wouldn’t think so, probably would be a favorite against UMass. However, UMass gave Florida a tough time and played Mississippi State pretty tough. Western Carolina, obviously [USC] will be a favorite, maybe that Missouri game at home depending on how Missouri plays, but yeah, maybe two games, three in a max.
The State: One of the big national games is going up in the Upstate with Clemson hosting Louisville. What’s the status of that line?
Purdum: This is interesting. They had this as one of the games of the year in the summer and Clemson was as much as a 9-point favorite. This week when the books went up, some books went up with Clemson minus-3 and then it continued to move and now Louisville is the favorite at a majority of shops, as much as 2-point favorites. That’s a pretty significant early move on the Cardinals. It’s a little surprising to me. I’m a Clemson backer. I think that program is peaking in talent. I bet them at the beginning of the year at 8-to-1 to win the national championship and thought I’d have a hedge opportunity with Florida State, so I’m a little bit worried that they are the underdogs.
The State: So everyone is getting on the Louisville bandwagon?
Purdum: Oh yeah. (Quarterback) Lamar Jackson is an overwhelming Heisman trophy favorite right now. They have looked awfully impressive, but still Clemson, this is one of their better teams.