The Golden Nugget Casino released its spreads for the 2013 season, revealing that the South Carolina Gamecocks football team is favored to win every game except for its showdown at Georgia on Sept. 7.
The Gamecocks enter the 2013 season as one of the top-rated teams in the country.
South Carolina has a favorable schedule that avoids games against elite SEC opponents such as Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, though the Gamecocks still have tough games against Florida, Clemson and a road game against Georgia.
Here is a breakdown of the Vegas spread for each South Carolina game in 2013 as reported by Chip Patterson of CBS Sports:
North Carolina at South Carolina (-12)
South Carolina at Georgia (-4)
Vanderbilt at South Carolina (-11)
South Carolina (-14) at Central Florida
Kentucky at South Carolina (-23.5)
South Carolina (-12) at Arkansas
South Carolina (-7) at Missouri
Mississippi State at South Carolina (-15)
Florida at South Carolina (-5)
Clemson at South Carolina (-4.5)
Make note that these spreads do not include the Gamecocks' game against Coastal Carolina, where they will be heavily favored.
How many games will the Gamecocks win in 2013?
According to the spreads, South Carolina has an average margin of victory in games it is projected to win of 11.55, which is a fairly strong average. The SEC can be a very difficult place to play, so spreads like these that give the edge to South Carolina could be an indicator of the success the team will have in 2013.
Florida and Clemson pose big threats to South Carolina, and the spreads of -5 and -4.5 reflect the talent that those two teams possess. The Gamecocks have home-field advantage in both of those games, which likely factors into them gaining the edge.
Despite South Carolina's recent success under head coach Steve Spurrier against the Georgia Bulldogs, the Vegas spread favors the Bulldogs in the Sept. 7 game that will take place in Athens. Even though the Gamecocks have won the last three meetings between these two teams, Georgia is the favorite.
Georgia is not only favored to win its battle with South Carolina, but it is favored to win all of its games in 2013, which would set up an SEC title game rematch between Georgia and Alabama.
South Carolina will do everything in its power to beat Georgia, win the SEC East and earn a chance at its first SEC title.
Vegas likes this South Carolina football team. Now the Gamecocks need to go out on the field in 2013 and live up to the expectations.