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Odds: Gamecocks get the nod over Louisiana Tech

Vegas hasn’t thrown in the towel on South Carolina just yet.

Coach Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks will be looking for their first home win this Saturday against Louisiana Tech.
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As the South Carolina Gamecocks look to bounce back from a humbling defeat to Kentucky, they enter their home date against Louisiana Tech as 8-point favorites.

The betting line has a seen a lot of movement in the Bulldogs’ direction, as it initially opened with South Carolina as a 10.5-point favorite. But bettors, understandably, are approaching the Gamecocks with more caution this week.

While Louisiana Tech is the first non-Power 5 opponent the Gamecocks face this season, the Bulldogs aren’t a typical cupcake. Louisiana Tech is coming off a thrilling 23-22 victory against Conference-USA rival Western Kentucky, and dual-threat quarterback J’Mar Smith has thrown for 722 yards and three touchdowns. The Bulldogs are also coached by former Gamecock assistant Skip Holtz.

The over/under is set at 53. South Carolina is 2-1 against the spread this season, while Louisiana Tech is 1-2.