No.1 Alabama Travels To No.19 South Carolina Set As Touchdown Favorite
October 9th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

For third third-straight week, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will face a ranked Southeastern conference opponent.  They squeaked by Arkansas on the road and dominated Florida, and now will face No.19 South Carolina on the road.

Running back Mark Ingram used the game against South Carolina as his Heisman trophy coming out party, and will look to piggyback off of that this season.  Ingram and the rest of the Crimson Tide have come out of the gate this season firing on all cylinders as they look to repeat their BCS National title.

In gram missed the Tide’s opening two games this season due to a knee scope, but has tabbed 335 yards and six touchdowns in the three games in which he has played.

“I think South Carolina was what really threw me in the (Heisman) race,” Ingram said.

While Alabama is supposed to be tested this week against South Carolina, they were supposed to get a similar test last week when the Gators came to tow.  What transpired however was a 31-6 beat down of then No.7 Florida.

“The first 30 minutes of the Florida game is sort of the standard that we talk about that we want to play to, and everybody needs to have the accountability to that standard,” remarked Alabama head coach coach Nick Saban.

“I think the biggest thing is being able to continue to challenge yourself and challenge each other to improve and play to a standard, and I think that’s what we really want to try to do here.”

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier knows that the the Alabama running backs in Ingram and Trent Richardson are perhaps the best tandem in the country.

“To slow down Alabama, you’ve obviously got to slow them down to start with,” Spurrier said.

South Carolina has shown that they are prone to give up yards on the ground, as was evident against Auburn earlier this year in which they surrendered 334 yards in the Gamecock’s only loss this season.

On the offensive side for South Carolina, veteran quarterback Stephen Garcia leads the unit, which has play makers through the air and on the ground in freshman Marcus Lattimore.

“Our goals this week are to play better and try to improve as a team,” Spurrier stated.

South Carolina has not won over Alabama since 2004 and the Gamecocks have never recorded a victory of a No.1 team in college football.

Game Line

USA Online Sportsbooks and College Football Betting Lines have set Alabama as a touchdown favorite over South Carolina.  The over/under has been set at 47 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

Alabama is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games on the road.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The Under is 10-3-1 in Alabama’s last 14 conference games.

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