The line, which opened with the Gamecocks at a 3.5-point advantage, has risen slightly in favor of the Garnet and Black. South Carolina is coming off a 28-3 victory over Akron in its season finale, but will be without star receiver/kick returner Deebo Samuel for the bowl.
Last time out, the Cavaliers lost their 15th straight game to in-state rival Virginia Tech in an agonizing 34-31 overtime loss for the Hoos. Virginia (7-5, 4-4 ACC) nonetheless enjoyed a productive 2018, finishing tied for third in the ACC’s Coastal division and picking up a 16-13 road victory against what was then a 16th-ranked Miami squad. The Cavaliers are only a couple seasons removed from a disastrous 2-10 campaign, so things appear to be trending upward under coach Bronco Mendenhall (who, like Will Muschamp, is in his third year).
The over/under is set at 54.5. South Carolina is 7-5 against the spread, while Virginia is 8-4.