South Carolina vs. Virginia, Belk Bowl 2018: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV, live stream, watch online
Event: Belk Bowl
Date: Saturday, Sept. 29 | Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
In 2014, the Belk Bowl, which has lived previous lives as the Meineke Car Care Bowl and the Continental Tire Bowl, entered a new phase as an ACC vs. SEC bowl game. Since the switch (from an ACC vs. Big East/AAC game), the two leagues have split the series 2-2. The SEC won the first two meetings with Georgia knocking off Louisville in 2014 and Mississippi State beating NC State in 2015, but the ACC is on a two-year winning streak heading into Saturday’s matchup after Virginia Tech beat Arkansas in 2016 and Wake Forest outlasted Texas A&M in a 55-52 thriller a year ago.
South Carolina and Virginia are set for the rubber match, each looking to put a fresh conclusion on the season after frustrating losses to their rivals in November. The Gamecocks haven’t recorded a Power Five win since Nov. 3 at Ole Miss and the Wahoos are in a similar position, happy to be in the bowl game but looking for a quality win with no Power Five victories since beating North Carolina on Oct. 27. Both teams were 7-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play, both teams are in their third season under their current head coach and both teams should see strong representation in the stadium with a manageable drive from campus to the Charlotte area.