It’s been a difficult year to handicap college football teams.
Bettors have had to wade through a combination of opt-outs, practice disruptions, COVID game cancelations and injuries, often with teams being less forthright than usual about who may or may not be available.
I’ve fallen victim to that a few times, failing to account for Auburn’s many injuries when handicapping the team’s game against Arkansas.
So although Gus Malzahn sounded optimistic about several key players on Sunday, until we know more information, it’s not a good idea to bet on Auburn at South Carolina.
The Tigers were 3.5-point road favorites as of Tuesday morning.
My current power rankings, which are based solely on which team I’d favor on a neutral field as of today and only rank the 77 FBS teams currently playing, slot Auburn at No. 16 and South Carolina at No. 22.
Home-field advantage has been more difficult