NCAAF Betting

South Carolina Opens as Huge Underdog in 2021 Duke's Mayo Bowl

Larry Rupp
North Carolina has opened as a heavy favorite over South Carolina in the 2021 college football Duke's Mayo Bowl.
North Carolina has opened as a heavy favorite over South Carolina in the 2021 college football Duke's Mayo Bowl. / Grant Halverson/GettyImages
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The NCAA College Football bowl season has finally arrived and it features a number of exciting matchups. The 2021 Duke's Mayo Bowl is set to kickoff at 11:30 a.m. EST on December 30 between the South Carolina Gamecocks and North Carolina Tar Heels.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, North Carolina has opened as a heavy favorite over South Carolina. The Tar Heels are currently slated as 7-point favorites over the Gamecocks.

Duke's Mayo Bowl Odds

North Carolina has odds set at -300 on the moneyline, while South Carolina is +235 to pull off the upset win.

This shouldn't come as a major shock given the Tar Heels came into the season No. 10 in the AP Poll before struggling to win in close games (6-6 record). They have the firepower necessary to take down a Gamecocks squad that grabbed some key wins in Shane Beamer's first year as head coach (6-6 record).

This bowl game marks another notch in what is a long-standing rivalry. North Carolina is 35-19-4 straight up in 58 head-to-head matchups against South Carolina. The Tar Heels defeated the Gamecocks in their most recent meeting back in 2019 by a score of 24-20. It was Mack Brown's first game during his current stint as UNC's head coach.

South Carolina has enjoyed some success in bowl games as of late, winning five of their last seven postseason contests. Former walk-on Jaylan Foster has shined in the Gamecocks' secondary this season, racking up 90 tackles and 5 interceptions in his sixth season with the team.

On the other side, North Carolina has lost four of its last five bowl games and will look to turn a new page behind junior quarterback Sam Howell. The dynamic dual-threat signal-caller has thrown 91 touchdowns across three college seasons (36 games) and completed 62.7% of his pass attempts in 2021.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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