SC vs. Virginia, 12/29/18 Belk Bowl Predictions

UVA shuts out South Carolina 28-0 to win the Belk Bowl

UVA shuts out South Carolina 28-0 to win the Belk Bowl

The weather in Charlotte wasn't great on Friday, the eve of the Belk Bowl and end of South Carolina's 2018 football season, but the Gamecocks still were happy not to be in Birmingham ... or Shreveport.

The Cavaliers bring a 7-5 record into this Bowl game.

This game will be a clash of styles with Virginia's spread offense and stellar quarterback Bryce Perkins against that Will Muschamp-coached defense of SC.

The South Carolina Gamecocks enter the game as a five-point favorite, but the team is on upset alert headed into tomorrow's game. The Gamecocks haven't recorded a Power Five win since November 3 at Ole Miss and the Wahoos are in a similar position, happy to be in the bowl game but looking for a quality win with no Power Five victories since beating North Carolina on October 27.

Virginia got blown out by Navy 49-7 in the Military Bowl past year and is coming off back-to-back overtimes losses, including in the Commonwealth Cup game to Virginia Tech. But his absence, as he prepares for the National Football League draft, also isn't necessarily a death sentence for the Gamecocks. If you are playing DFS this Saturday, read Hayden Winks' breakdown (linked below) with a deeper dive on South Carolina's offense. They beat MI 26-19 in the Outback Bowl last season. Virginia biggest victories of the season came in back-to-bac week when they knocked off both he Miami Hurricane and Duke Blue Devils.

On the season, Virginia is averaging 28.5 ppg on 382.5 total yards per game (211.9 passing yds/g; 170.6 rushing yds/g). UVA's first bowl win since 2005 would be icing on the cake.

Dowdle has 117 rushing attempts on the season for 638 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 13 receptions out of the backfield for 127 yards and a score.

Cavaliers RB Olamide Zaccheaus leads the team with 721 receiving yards on 60 receptions. Updates Jordan Ellis note in Facts and Figures. The end of the year wasn't good, though, as Virginia dropped its last two overall and three of the last four games as well, which has them stumbling into this one. The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. 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.

"I want to leave a foundation and work really hard for these guys so they can have something to look back on and be proud of", he said of his classmates.

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