CFB: Fierce Non-Conference Rivals Square Off

CFB: Fierce Non-Conference Rivals Square Off
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CFB: Fierce Non-Conference Rivals Square Off

The last Saturday in November is the traditional meeting date for several non-conference rivals.


The last Saturday in November is the traditional meeting date for several non-conference rivals. These head-to-head series' are deep in tradition, and oh yeah, hatred for the opponent. Read on as we preview Georgia-Georgia Tech, Florida-Florida State, South Carolina-Clemson, and Notre Dame-USC, offering up key betting tidbits plus predictions from the famous StatFox Game Forecaster.

(365) GEORGIA TECH at (366) GEORGIA (12:00 PM ET, CBS)
The nickname of this Southern conflict is Good, Old-Fashion Hate and Georgia Tech is building a basketful of pent-up emotions having lost seven straight to Georgia. First year coach Paul Johnson will try to end the misery of 1-5-1 ATS. Oddly enough, the Yellow Jackets are 13-4 against the spread against ranked teams, with half the losses coming to the Bulldogs. Georgia is 8-1 ATS after playing Auburn and still can line up respectable bowl game with a victory. The Bulldogs have covered the spread 12 of 17 (12-4-1) times since 1991, with the visitor a sparkling 8-2 in this series the last 10 meetings.
StatFox Forecaster says: GEORGIA 34, GEORGIA TECH 26

(371) FLORIDA at (372) FLORIDA ST (3:30 PM ET, ESPN)
The Florida Gators travel to Tallahassee for bragging rights between these universities. Florida is on everyone's "don't' play" list, outscoring opponents 41 points a game since losing to Mississippi in late September. The Gators arrive 10-3-1 ATS in non-conference action under Urban Meyer. The Florida State season unraveled against bigger, stronger teams in November until finally whipping Maryland 37-3 this past Saturday. Florida has swiped four straight in this series of athletes with blazing speed, with the home team a solid 15-5 ATS. Whoever wins the game is 24-2-1 ATS when these two schools meet.
StatFox Forecaster says: FLORIDA 42, FLORIDA ST 26

(379) S CAROLINA at (380) CLEMSON (7:30 PM ET, ESPN)
The Battle of the Palmetto State is the longest uninterrupted rivalry in the South, having been played every year since 1909. Neither school fulfilled expectations in 2008, thus winning this contest will help will the void. South Carolina is off Florida drubbing and is 4-8-1 ATS after losing by 10 or more points. Clemson needs this ball game to secure bowl berth after a disappointing campaign muddled in turmoil. Clemson is 5-2 ATS vs. the Gamecocks the last seven years; however this has been a rivalry that has filled the wallets of bettors backing the road team, with a 15-4 ATS record since 1989.
StatFox Forecaster says: CLEMSON 23, S CAROLINA 21

(381) NOTRE DAME at (382) USC (8:00 PM ET, ABC)
The Notre Dame-USC rivalry is regarded as the greatest intersectional series in college football and has been played annually since 1926, except for a brief repose during World
War II. Pete Carroll has won 85 first 100 games as coach at USC and despite often unrealistic numbers, still covered 59 times. With two weeks to prepare, UCS is 18-6 ATS off a bye. Notre Dame might be back in the bowl scene after missing out last season having posted six victories this season. Notre Dame is 3-9 ATS against cross-country rival USC since 1996 and has lost last three games at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum by 82 points.
StatFox Forecaster says: USC 36, NOTRE DAME 15

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