| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 | SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS VS. EAST CAROLINA PIRATES

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the East Carolina Pirates will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Oddsmakers opened the Gamecocks as -2-point favorites versus the Pirates, while the game's total opened at 57.5.

Last time out for East Carolina, they were a 33-19 loser as they battled Mountaineers on the road. East Carolina failed to cover in the match as a +9-point underdog, while 52 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

South Carolina:

Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS

South Carolina is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games

South Carolina is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games

South Carolina is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road

East Carolina:

Team record: 0-1 SU,0-1 ATS

East Carolina is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games

The total has gone OVER in 11 of East Carolina's last 16 games

East Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:

South Carolina at Georgia Saturday, September 18

East Carolina at Marshall Saturday, September 18

Saturday will be the 20th all-time meeting between the Gamecocks and the Pirates, with South Carolina holding a 14-5 edge. The Gamecocks also won the most recent meeting, beating the Pirates 20-15 in 2016.

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South Carolina got the 2021 season off to a positive start as they rolled over a FCS program in Eastern Illinois. The Gamecocks now face a step up in competition as they face a FBS program from the AAC in this one, on the road. South Carolina was dealing with a slew of injury issues at the QB slot, forcing them to plug in a guy that backed up Trey Lance at North Dakota State in the spring and who came to Columbia as a graduate assistant this summer, under center. On Saturday against Eastern Illinois, it didn’t matter as the Gamecocks rolled to a victory. South Carolina rolled up a 443-109 edge in total offense, picked up 23 first downs while allowing nine and owned a 34:40 to 25:20 edge in time of possession. The Gamecocks forced a pair of turnovers, including a 61-yard pick-six by defensive end Jordan Burch, while committing one in the victory.

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Head coach Shane Beamer’s debut went swimmingly last week, as the Gamecocks routed Eastern Illinois 46-0. Sure, that was an FCS opponent, but South Carolina did what it was supposed to behind a defense that allowed just 109 total yards. Graduate assistant-turned-quarterback Zeb Noland threw 4 TD as he filled in for injured starter Luke Doty in one of the better stories from Week 1.

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