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  1. Texas A&M, Oct. 13 One Reason Why Texas A&M Will Win It’s awfully nice for Texas A&M when it doesn’t have to face Alabama or Clemson. It might have needed a whole lot of work to hand Kentucky its first loss of the season, but it did it. And now, it’s starting to play and appear to be one of the four best teams in the SEC. How did the Aggies do it? They slowed down Benny Snell and the Cats’ ground game, allowing just 70 yards with a great day from the line. Amazing at getting behind the line, DE Kinglsey Keke, LB Otaro Alaka and company have come up with 42 tackles for loss so far, and they all dominated the UK offensive front. A&M stuffed Alabama for just 109 yards on the ground, and stopped Clemson for 115. South Carolina might be getting back Jake Bentley at quarterback, but he’s going to have to carry the offense – there won’t be any Gamecock ground game. One Reason Why South Carolina Will Win The Texas A&M defensive line might be amazing, but the offensive line is more than happy to give up sacks, allowing 21 so far. QB Kellen Mond has been excellent so far as he grows into the star of the A&M offense more and more, but he can be pressured into mistakes. A&M has an issue so far with turnovers – Mond has thrown five picks over the last three games – and so far, USC has allowed just three touchdown passes. That might not seem like a big deal, it shut out Missouri’s Drew Lock and kept Georgia’s quarterbacks to just one score. USC might have issues in the time of possession battle, but the D is amazing on third downs – it’s not going to allow Mond and the A&M passing attack to take over. – Free daily ATS lock pick just released: ‘100% confidence release!’ What’s Going To Happen The Aggies are a solid team. Texas A&M fired Kevin Sumlin and broke the bank to lure Jimbo Fisher from Florida State. Fisher inherits plenty of talent, which has never been the Aggies issue. Texas A&M has survived an early-season schedule that includes Clemson and Alabama with its confidence intact, the Aggies will be trouble this Saturday at William Brice Stadium. A&M has the right fit to go into South Carolina and pull off a tough win. The Aggies lead the SEC in third down conversions and time of possession, the pass rush is good enough to screw up the Gamecock backfield, and the best-in-the-nation punting game should help them own the field position battle. South Carolina might not always be amazing, but it has ways of slugging out close wins. This week, the Gamecocks will be able to do enough on D, Bentley will come up with a good day. I aspect an all-out war in another game, with a win, pulled out with time running out. Pick: South Carolina 27, Texas A&M 24
  2. SEC Network mic’d up a coach on gameday for first time. They chose Will Muschamp October 10, 2018 THE STATE .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} The long-running SEC Network show “SEC Inside” program hits its 100th episode Wednesday night and in dramatic fashion. For the first time in the history of the show and the conference, producers were allowed to mic a head coach during a game and not just any coach in any game. SEC Network had a mic on Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp throughout the week leading up to and during South Carolina’s dramatic, come-from-behind, 37-35 win over Missouri last week in Williams-Brice Stadium. “When you see this show because of the things you hear and the things you see our show will become your memory of this event,” said Jim Jorden, “SEC Inside” producer and cinematographer. “We are not after the yelling and the screaming. We are after the comments in the between the whistles, and there are so many great instances with Will in this game.” Jorden had a 15-year career with the NFL that included the creation and filming of the popular “Hard Knocks” show, and he has worked with every major sports in compiling behind-the-scenes footage. Jorden and his crew compiled between 100 and 125 hours of tape that they cut down into a 30-minute episode that will air Wednesday night on SEC Network. (A typical hour-long “Hard Knocks” required 500 hours of raw footage, Jorden said.) “To me, what’s really great about this show is everything they did during the week and how they prepared the players paid off in the game and you see that, from the punt they blocked, to the interception for a touchdown to the one-minute drill to end the game,” Jorden said. The SEC Network chose South Carolina for its first game day shoot because of Muschamp’s willingness to work with the crew during previous practice shoots, Jorden said. Until this offseason, SEC rules forbid coaches or players from wearing a microphone during games, but that rule was eliminated by the conference. “Over the course of the series, Will has allowed us to do really unique things with them,” Jorden said. “I thought we had a good shot with him because I knew the end product had a chance to be really good.” They also liked his voice. “You know how a quarterback at the line of scrimmage has a cadence? His voice, his cadence, the way he coaches I find really unique,” Jorden said. “I was just like, ‘Wow, he would be great on game day.’ He’s really intense, but he coaches you to get better. He makes us want to be better cameramen the way he coaches up his players.” The third quarter downpour during the game made for dramatic footage but came with challenges. The SEC Network used eight cameras during the game and at some point during the game seven of them quit working, Jorden said. The same equipment was used to film the Carolina Panthers game the following day and some of it was still too soggy to function, he said. “That weather is really tough to shoot in, but the visuals are so stunning,” Jorden said. South Carolina officials were given final approval of the finished product. “There is not a single one of these shows where a team doesn’t have final approval,” Jorden said “What kind of organization would ever let you in and let you portray them in a negative light? We are not journalists, we are storytellers. We are not after anything that quote bad or negative.” Pete Watters, coordinating producer of “SEC Inside” expects even die-hard Gamecocks fans to be surprised by what they see during the show. “People watch the game for three-and-a-half hours on Saturday and they think they know everything about the players, the coaching staff and the game plan,” he said. “A show like this really shows you how much we don’t know. We want to peel back the curtain and show you Oz.”
  3. Game week 7: Talking Texas A&M Aggies (Discussion Thread) A win Saturday Gamecocks will be 4-2 heading to a much-needed bye week. With 2 more wins needed to be Bowl eligible. Can they do it come Saturday? Let's hear your thoughts why they can and why you think the Gamecocks can not pull off a win. Would be nice to have a win over A&M. Gamecocks have never beat them in SEC PLAY. Hope this will be the first of many. No Gamecocks have still have losing streaks against Georgia and Kentucky. Hope the Gamecocks can break this one come Saturday.
  4. South Carolina Gamecocks vs Texas A&M Aggies "Will the Gamecocks Win or lose Saturday?"
  5. ***South Carolina vs Kentucky*** South Carolina football will add a little garnet to lastweek’s all-white look. Gamecocks Set to Face Nationally-Ranked Kentucky SEC Network to Televise Sept. 29 Game in Lexington Sept. 28, 2018 GCF Staff Report South Carolina hits the road again for a tilt against the Kentucky Wildcats aiming to break a four-game skid. Here’s what you need to know about the game: Game info Who: South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) at Kentucky (4-0, 2-0) When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Kroger Field (67,606) Series history: South Carolina leads 17-11-1. The Gamecocks have lost four in a row, none by more than 10 points. TV: SEC Network (Tom Hart, play-by-play; Jordan Rodgers, analysis; Cole Cubelic, sideline) Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Langston Moore, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 108/XM 190 Line: Kentucky by 1 1/2 Weather: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Temperature around 65 degrees at kickoff, 60 by the end of the game. Northeast winds of 6 mph. Chance of precipitation below 5 percent. What’s at stake The Gamecocks have a streak that’s been sticking in the craw for many outside the program. The four losses in a row all had different contexts, but they’ve all been problematic. This could also have a decisive impact on South Carolina’s place in the SEC East. At the moment, the Wildcats might well be the second-best team behind Georgia. A South Carolina win, and USC moves into good position there. Kentucky is aiming for its best start in more than a decade. The Wildcats are ranked for the first time since 2007, and a win against a solid Gamecocks team would raise their profiles further. South Carolina players to watch 1. USC quarterback Jake Bentley had an odd and disappointing showing against Kentucky last season. After an explosive start, the offense went three-and-out four times and only managed 13 points, despite his season-high 304 passing yards. This year, he’s got 780 passing yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions in three games. 2. Gamecocks tailback Rico Dowdle is the consistent bell cow of the ground game, and USC will be looking to make up for some things after last year’s meeting. The Gamecocks only ran for 54 yards on 20 carries, and Dowdle got stonewalled on the goal line in a big moment. This year, Dowdle has 235 yards on 5.6 yards per carry, but Kentucky just shut down Mississippi State’s prolific ground game. 3. Senior Bryson Allen-Williams will almost assuredly get tested considering he’s only 230 pounds and manning USC’s Buck defensive end position. The Wildcats’ Benny Snell-centric downhill running game will likely attack him and put pressure on the likes of linebackers T.J. Brunson, Sherrod Greene and Daniel Fennell. For the season, Allen-Williams, who was knocked out for 2017 against the Wildcats last fall, had 12 tackles, four for loss, with a sack and a pair of hurries this season. Kentucky players to watch 1. Kentucky running back Benny Snell has started this season looking like the SEC’s best at his position. He’s averaging 135 yards a game after another 165 yards and four touchdowns against Mississippi State. The junior has run for 175 yards and three scores in two career games against the Gamecocks. 2. Not lost in Snell’s performance Saturday, the Wildcat defense limited a previously electric Mississippi State offense to over 380 yards and 40 points below its season averages. Linebacker Josh Allen is the unit’s ringleader. After two tackles for loss, a sack, quarterback hurry and pass breakup against the Bulldogs, the All-American candidate told reporters, “I felt like they couldn’t block me.” 3. UK quarterback Terry Wilson was one of the most coveted junior college prospects on the market this past recruiting cycle. The January enrollee won’t wow you with passing numbers (Jake Bentley has thrown for 317 more yards than Wilson in one less game), but he’s enough of a running threat to take some attention off Snell. Wilson is second in the SEC among QBs with 241 yards. YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE: The South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) play another SEC Eastern Division road game this week when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to face the No. 17/17 Kentucky Wildcats (4-0, 2-0 SEC). Game time is set for 7:30 pm ET from Kroger Field (61,000). TV COVERAGE: SEC Network has the telecast for this week's contest. Tom Hart will handle the play-by-play with Jordan Rodgers serving as the analyst. Cole Cubelic will work the sidelines. A HISTORY LESSON: 2018 marks the 125th season of intercollegiate football at South Carolina. It is the 112th-consecutive year in which South Carolina has competed on the gridiron. The University did not field a team in either 1893 or 1906. Carolina owns an all-time record of 603-574-44. SEC HISTORY: The South Carolina Gamecocks are in their 27th year in the Southeastern Conference. Carolina and Arkansas joined the league prior to the 1992 campaign. The Gamecocks earned their lone SEC Eastern Division title in 2010. The Gamecocks are 91-118-1 (.436) all-time in SEC regular-season play, but are 36-30 (.545) in conference action since the start of the 2010 season. With a 5-3 mark and sole possession of second place in the SEC East in 2017, the Gamecocks won five or more conference games for just the eighth time in 26 years since joining the SEC. CAROLINA VS. KENTUCKY: This is the 30th meeting between the Gamecocks and Wildcats in a series that dates back to 1937. Carolina leads the all-time series 17-11-1, including a 9-6 advantage in Lexington. The teams played just three times (1937, 1978 and 1981) before Carolina joined the SEC for the 1992 season. Since then, they have met every year. Since joining the SEC, the Gamecocks own a 16-10 record against UK, including wins in 13 of the 18 meetings in this century, but the Wildcats have won each of the last four contests, their longest winning streak in the series. POLL CATS: This is the first time South Carolina will face an undefeated and ranked Kentucky team since 2007. The 11th-ranked Gamecocks defeated No. 8 Kentucky by a 38-23 score in Columbia on Oct. 4, 2007. Eric Norwood tied an NCAA record with two fumble recoveries for touchdowns, earning National Defensive Player of the Week honors. THE LAST TIME THEY MET: Benny Snell rushed for 102 yards and two TDs and the Wildcat defense held Carolina to just one score over the final 59:13 as Kentucky upended the Gamecocks by a 23-13 score in Columbia on Sept. 16, 2017. Jake Bentley connected with Deebo Samuel on a 68-yard scoring strike on the game's first play from scrimmage, but Carolina could muster just 290 yards of offense the rest of the way. Bentley completed 24-of-36 passes for 304 yards and two scores and Samuel logged 122 yards on five catches before suffering a season-ending leg injury. THE LAST TIME THEY MET HERE: Benny Snell capped an 11-play, 65-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge early in the fourth quarter to break a 10-10 tie, and Kentucky held on for a 17-10 win over South Carolina in Lexington on Sept. 24, 2016. The Gamecocks were limited to just 268 total yards of offense. Brandon McIlwain went the distance at quarterback, completing 15-of-30 passes for 177 yards. Kentucky rushed for 216 of their 351 total yards in the contest. THE LAST CAROLINA WIN: The 13th-ranked Gamecocks opened up a 27-7 lead, but the Wildcats made it interesting with 21 fourth-quarter points before falling by a 35-28 count in Columbia on Oct. 5, 2013. Mike Davis rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Connor Shaw added 312 yards of total offense, including 262 through the air on 17-of-20 passing. Damiere Byrd had one of the top days of his career, catching five passes for 94 yards, including a 62-yard TD catch on the first drive of the game. MUSCHAMP VS. THE CATS: South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp owns a 4-2 record against Kentucky. He was a perfect 4-0 against the Wildcats as the head coach at Florida, but has dropped both games as the Carolina head coach.
  6. Alright, Kentucky week. Question is how will the Gamecocks fair against a team that for now has everything going for them. Will be a challenge for the Gamecocks. What positions on offense do the Gamecocks hold the advantages over on Kentucky? What positions on defense do the Gamecocks hold the advantages over on Kentucky? So what you say?
  7. South Carolina Gamecocks vs Kentucky Wildcats "Will the Gamecocks Win or lose Saturday?"
  8. One Reason Why South Carolina Will Win It’s this simple – can you stop Kentucky’s running game? UK is physical, but it’s the running of QB Terry Wilson and RB Benny Snell that’s carrying the attack, and now it’s up to the Gamecocks to load up to slow it all down. They struggled against Georgia, but they also had to worry about Jake Fromm. They don’t have to worry so much about Wilson making huge things happen through the air. But how do you slow this all down? You keep the Wildcats off the field. USC is fourth in the nation and first among SEC teams on stopping teams on third downs, and UK is dead last in the conference in third down D. Kentucky is fantastic at keeping the chains moving – converting at a 52% clip. The Gamecocks have to beat the Cats at their own game by running really, really well. But … One Reason Why Kentucky Will Win Kentucky isn’t just about the running game. It can play a little bit of defense, too. The run defense has been phenomenal so far, not allowing more than 128 yards over the first three games, and then the veteran back seven pulled off a terrific performance against Mississippi State, allowing just 56 yards in the dominant win. Yeah, Jake Bentley is throwing well, but South Carolina has to run to win, dominating Coastal Carolina and ripping through Vanderbilt. Get behind, and the ground game goes away – like it did against Georgia – and UK has to turn USC’s offense into a one-dimensional attack. And that Cat ground game really is amazing. Florida can play a little D, and it got hit for over 300 yards. Mississippi State’s defensive front is outstanding, and it get run through for 227 yards. UK has rushed for four touchdowns in three of the four games, and while USC has a great defensive front, it’s not a Alabama.– Free daily ATS lock pick just released: ‘100% confidence release!’ What’s Going To Happen Kentucky is the hot team going right now, and it’s the absolute, 100% real deal. There’s nothing flukish about any of this. But South Carolina is for real, too. The Gamecocks failed their first big test against Georgia, but they’re going to match UK run for run, the offensive line is about to come up with a huge performance, and Snell – who cranked out 103 yards on 32 carries in last year’s win – will be held down just enough. The optimism surrounding the Wildcats’ football team seems a long time ago, but it was only this time last year that people thought Kentucky was going to turn the corner. It hasn’t happened yet getting close though. Quarterback Stephen Johnson graduated, and one-time USC target and UK backup Drew Barker decided to transfer. Running back Benny Snell will lead the Kentucky offense, and the Gamecocks will beat the Wildcats for the first time since 2013. USC gets by in a tough, hard-fought thriller. My pick. Pick: South Carolina 28, Kentucky 27
  9. South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt SEC Network to Televise September 22 Contest from Nashville at 4:00 pm ET Sept. 22, 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Game info Who: South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 SEC) at Vanderbilt (2-1, 0-0) When: 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Vanderbilt Stadium (39,790) TV: SEC Network (Taylor Zarzour, play-by-play; Matt Stinchcomb, analysis; Kris Budden, sideline) Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Langston Moore, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 106/XM 384 YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE: The South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1 SEC) go on the road for the first time this season when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. to face the Vanderbilt Commodores (2-1, 0-0 SEC) in an SEC Eastern Division matchup. Game time is set for 4 pm ET from Vanderbilt Stadium (39,790). TV COVERAGE: SEC Network has the telecast for this week's contest. Taylor Zarzour will handle the play-by-play with Matt Stinchcomb serving as the analyst. Kris Budden will work the sidelines. A HISTORY LESSON: 2018 marks the 125th season of intercollegiate football at South Carolina. It is the 112th-consecutive year in which South Carolina has competed on the gridiron. The University did not field a team in either 1893 or 1906. Carolina owns an all-time record of 602-574-44. SEC HISTORY: The South Carolina Gamecocks are in their 27th year in the Southeastern Conference. Carolina and Arkansas joined the league prior to the 1992 campaign. The Gamecocks earned their lone SEC Eastern Division title in 2010. The Gamecocks are 90-118-1 (.433) all-time in SEC regular-season play, but are 35-30 (.538) in conference action since the start of the 2010 season. With a 5-3 mark and sole possession of second place in the SEC East in 2017, the Gamecocks won five or more conference games for just the eighth time in 26 years since joining the SEC. CAROLINA VS. VANDY: This is the 28th all-time meeting between South Carolina and Vanderbilt, with the Gamecocks holding a commanding 23-4 advantage, including a 12-2 record when the games have been played in Nashville and an 11-2 mark when the teams have met in Columbia. The teams met just once (1961) before they became SEC Eastern Division rivals beginning in 1992, and have met every year since. Q&A on Vanderbilt: Five things to know about South Carolina’s opponent Adam Sparks, the Vanderbilt beat writer for The Tennessean, took time this week to answer a few of our questions about the Commodores as they prepare for Saturday’s game with South Carolina. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium. 1. Vanderbilt’s undefeated start to the season ended last week with a narrow defeat at eighth-ranked Notre Dame. What do you learn about the Commodores in South Bend that perhaps you didn’t know about them prior to that trip? Not a lot in terms of schematics or personnel. QB Kyle Shurmur, WR Kalija Lipscomb and TE Jared Pinkney are weapons. The defense has some depth and athleticism. I knew those things before that game, but I learned it that they could perform at a higher level than I previously knew. Vandy started badly, tackled poorly early on and squandered two TDs with miscues at the goal line. But it still went toe-to-toe with the Fighting Irish on the road. It showed that Vanderbilt’s ceiling perhaps is higher than once thought, but only time will tell if that’s the case. 2. Vandy’s been to one bowl game in four-plus seasons under Coach Derek Mason. How would you assess the Commodores’ performance under Mason? Is this his best team yet? Mason’s record (20-32) is not very good, but Vanderbilt coaches are judged differently than at other SEC schools. Historically, almost every coach over the past century, aside from James Franklin, has faced tough odds at Vandy. There are just a lot of challenges to winning that would take a few days to go through. That being said, Mason has had his ups and downs. He upset Georgia and beat No. 24 Tennessee in 2016 en route to a bowl, beat No. 18 Kansas State last season and owns a 2-2 record versus the rival Vols. But this is a year when the Commodores need to show progress. So far, so good. This may be Mason’s most complete team, but that could look different after a few SEC games to better judge it. Two big differences from past seasons is that Vandy has more depth on defense and, most importantly, a very good, NFL-caliber, four-year starting quarterback in Kyle Shurmur. Those don’t grow on trees around Vanderbilt. 3. A four-year starter, Vandy quarterback Kyle Shurmur is as experienced as any at his position in the SEC. Where have you seen that experience pay off the most this season? The obvious pluses on Shurmur are arm strength, competitive fire and experience. He’s got a good football pedigree (son of New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur and great-nephew of longtime NFL defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur; also, Kyle’s mom was a Big Ten champion swimmer at Michigan State). But in terms of other intangibles, Shurmur has a great grasp of the offense. I think if offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig got stuck in traffic, he would feel comfortable letting Shurmur call all the plays for a game. Ludwig has often said that many of Vandy’s best running plays were those that Shurmur checked into at the line of scrimmage. 4. Shumur’s favorite target this season has been Kalija Lipscomb. The SEC’s leader in receptions was targeted 18 times in the Notre Dame game. Anyone else stick out among the Vandy receiving corps? If you count tight ends, then Jared Pinkney is very notable. He leads all FBS tight ends in receiving yards (241 in 3 games). Pinkney will split out when Vandy is in a four-wide set, or he’ll run a route off the line. If South Carolina allows Pinkney to get a free release off the line, Shurmur will look for him on routes of 20 yards or more down the field. In terms of wide receivers, there are a lot of contenders for the No. 2 spot. Donaven Tennyson is a deep threat, but he had a costly dropped pass on a short route last week. Sophomore Chris Pierce has some potential. True freshman Cam Johnson and C.J. Bolar have a lot of good football ahead of them, but can they do it against SEC competition this week? Not sure. We’ll see.
  10. Since Hurricane Florence has bullied the South Carolina football team out of its Week 3 game against Marshall, we might as well take an early at who’s up next on the schedule. South Carolina returns to SEC play next weekend with a 4 p.m. showdown at Vanderbilt. The Commodores, however, will have their hands full this weekend as they travel to South Bend to take on No. 8-ranked Notre Dame. Kickoff between Vanderbilt and Notre Dame is set for 2:30 p.m. on NBC, so South Carolina fans who still have power this Saturday can tune in for a sneak peek. Let’s look at a few things to know about the Commodores, as they enter their fifth season under head coach Derek Mason. They are off to a good start. Vanderbilt opened the seasons with easy home wins over Middle Tennessee State (35-7) and Nevada (41-10). Notre Dame, however, presents a completely different type of challenge for Vanderbilt. Mike Tirico, Notre Dame’s TV play-by-play man, feels Vanderbilt has a chance, because of the new defensive coordinator. Jason Tarver has come in from the NFL and they're running similar stuff, but it's a new message from a new messenger,” Tirico said, “So the energy and the passion and the ball-hawking on defense is there. Can they get the Notre Dame to turn it over and get a few short fields? That's how you get the upset in motion on Saturday." ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit has the Irish on upset alert. "I think they better be careful with Vandy," Herbstreit said. "I know it sounds crazy to say that sentence, but Vandy has a veteran team. Vandy is going to be a team that, no matter what Brian Kelly says to his team, they're probably going to have a hard time getting sky-high emotionally for. Vandy is not going to be intimidated by playing in South Bend, they play in the SEC and they play in big stadiums all the time. "I'm not saying 'Hey, look out, Vandy is going to bet Notre Dame flat out.' I'm just saying the Vandy defense alone will be very, competitive against Brandon Wimbush and Notre Dame. They've got NFL players on that defense, especially in the secondary. That's a game that Notre Dame has to be careful with and not look by and look to some of the bigger names on their schedule. We'll see the mental toughness and the maturity of Notre Dame this week." Notre Dame opened as a 15.5-point favorite, but the line has dropped to 13.5. Vanderbilt senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur is 0-2 against South Carolina. In the 2016 opener, Shurmur completed 8-of-22 passes for 73 yards. A year later, in Columbia, his numbers were considerably better. Shurmur connected on 27-of-49 passes for 333 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Like the year before (three points), the Gamecocks won the 2017 matchup by just one score (seven points). So far this season, Shurmur has completed 33-of-49 passes for 428 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. His 167.66 rating is tied for 28th-best in the country. Shurmur is second in school history with 44 career touchdown passes. Jay Cutler owns the record (59). Through the first two games, Vanderbilt’s defense has forced six turnovers – three interceptions and three fumbles. Last season, it took the Commodores nine games last season to collect six turnovers. Vanderbilt’s tied for eighth in the country in turnover margin (+4).
  11. Vanderbilt quarterback Shurmur’s smarts worry Gamecocks Sept. 20, 2018 South Carolina will face Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur for the last time Saturday, and the Gamecocks won’t be sad to see him go. Shurmur, a three-year starter for the Commodores, is not the flashiest quarterback in the conference but draws consistent praise from opponents. “He just knows where to take the ball,” head coach Will Muschamp said. “If it’s middle field split safety, he knows when the ball’s snapped.” Shurmur, who is the son of New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, is Vanderbilt’s third all-time leading passer behind Jay Cutler and Greg Zolman. This year, he’s fifth in the league in passing with 251.3 yards per game, five touchdowns and one interception. “We’re not going to show him anything he hasn’t seen,” Muschamp said. “Kyle’s an experienced player, and he understands the game. He takes the ball to the right spots. He’s going to complete some passes, we just can’t let him have explosive plays.” Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley has worked with Shurmur the last two summers at the Manning Passing Academy. “When you talk to him about football it jumps out -- he’s super intelligent, coach’s kid, just really smart, knows everything about football,” Bentley said. “He goes to Vandy, must be pretty smart. He’s a great dude, too. Real down to earth guy who just likes to play football.” Shurmur’s intelligence comes through on game film, Gamecocks defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw said. “He makes a lot of checks and things like that,” Kinlaw said. “He will change a lot of things. He’s looking around, making calls, pointing. You can tell he’s a very intelligent guy. He knows his game.” South Carolina will try to disguise before the snap more and hold that disguise longer than normal against Shurmur to avoid being burned by his changes, Muschamp said. “You have to have really good eye control discipline,” Muschamp said.
  12. At Vanderbilt, Sept. 22 Breaking news: Ralph Webb is not a Commodore anymore. It seems like Webb has been running the ball for Vanderbilt forever, and SEC defensive coordinators will be glad to see him gone. Commodores quarterback Kyle Shurmur, who had 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last year, is back, but Vanderbilt still is Vanderbilt. Vand has done a lot of rebuilding, I think this will be a close game. A Lot closer than the Matchup Predictor. SC is infamous for beating Vandy in Vandy and has done so more times than losing. My Pick: South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 17 Three storylines 1. Under Coach Will Muschamp, South Carolina is 2-0 following a bye week, including a win over Vanderbilt last season. Of course, this latest open date wasn’t part of the plan, but Hurricane Florence washed out the Gamecocks’ Sept. 15 game with Marshall. Can the Gamecocks remain sharp in a crucial SEC East matchup? 2. Week 1 was a win over a team pegged to finish in the Sun Belt cellar. Week 2 was a loss to a team with eyes toward a return trip to the College Football Playoff. Games three and four of USC’s football season might give us a better feel for where these Gamecocks stand. After Vandy, Carolina heads to Kentucky. USC has yet to win consecutive road games in the Muschamp era. 3. After a 3-0 start last season, Vandy lost by 59 points to Alabama in Week 4, bringing the Commodores back down to Earth and foreshadowing their 1-7 SEC record. Vandy started this year 2-0 before playing a competitive four quarters in a narrow loss at No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday. Is this Coach Derek Mason’s best team in his five years in Nashville? Or can USC bring the ‘Dores back down to Earth again? Three Vanderbilt players to watch 1. Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur produced modest numbers (428 yards, four touchdowns) during Vandy’s 2-0 start, but it all came without a turnover. Faced with his biggest challenge of the season, Shurmur’s steady play continued against Notre Dame (26 of 43, 326 yards, TD, INT). The four-year starter is as experienced as any QB in the SEC. 2. Shurmur’s favorite target is Kalija Lipscomb. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior leads the SEC with 25 recepetions, including an 11-grab, 89-yard performance against the Fighting Irish. Carolina fans might recall Lipscomb going for seven catches, 128 yards and a score against the Gamecocks last season. 3. Vandy linebacker Charles Wright was ejected for targeting Jake Bentley in last season’s game. The SEC’s co-leader in sacks through the 2017 regular season is still looking for his first sack in ‘18. The Commodore defense is allowing just 12.7 points per game. One Reason Why South Carolina Will Win The Commodores have a few turnover problems lately. They were able to avoid any mistakes in the opener against Middle Tennessee, but the offense gave away two in the win over Nevada, and they were a -3 in in the loss to Notre Dame. There hasn’t been much of a pass rush over the first two games, and there have only been two takeaways, but for good and for real-world bad, this is a rested team that’s had a break after the Georgia loss. The offensive line had a decent first two games, there haven’t been a whole slew of big mistakes – other than the really giant one early on against the Bulldogs – and the passing game is good enough to keep up the pace. As long as Georgia wins the turnover battle, all will be fine. One Reason Why Vanderbilt Will Win The South Carolina secondary might still be a work in progress. It hasn’t allowed a whole slew of yards over the first two games – just 314 – but Coastal Carolina and Georgia combined to complete 78% of their passes. The Bulldog quarterbacks took target practice in the 41-17 win in Columbia, and now it’s up to Kyle Shurmur to bomb away and keep the Commodore passing attack going. Yeah, the ground game has been fine, but Shurmur has been the main man, hitting 64% of his passes highlighted by a 326-yard day last week in the loss to Notre Dame. Granted, Vandy missed on its late chances to pull off the win, but it’s good enough to get the air show moving against the Gamecocks. What’s Going To Happen Vanderbilt will be tough enough and good enough to screw up a Gamecock team with high hopes coming into the season. But don’t go by what happened against Georgia. That’s a special Bulldog team with national championship upside, and South Carolina is better than it looked in that tough, blowout home loss. The time off will help. The defense will be solid against the Commodore offense, and Jake Bentley and the Gamecock attack will be strong enough to keep the chains moving, keep Shurmur off the field, and come up with a good win. South Carolina have won nine straight in the series – the last loss a 24-17 stunner early in 2008 – and it’ll make it ten. But it’s not going to be easy.
  13. South Carolina lost DJ Wonnum for a month. Who steps up? Sept. 13, 2018 THE STATE When the South Carolina football team lost Buck defensive end D.J. Wonnum for a month with a ligament injury in his foot, it didn’t just lose a part-time cog in the defensive line rotation. Wonnum was likely the most heavily used member of the defensive front. He started at the versatile Buck spot. He slid across the formation to play true defensive end in passing situations. He was reliable against a range of offenses. And now he’s gone. To fill his spots, Will Muschamp has a range of answers. “It will increase Bryson (Allen-Williams’) percentage of playing the Buck position,” Muschamp said. “Then you’ve got Aaron (Sterling) and Shameik (Blackshear) at the end position. Keir Thomas can go outside and play the end. Daniel Fennell can play the end. Then it increases Danny’s and Brad (Johnson’s) reps at the Buck.” It’s worth breaking that down and looking at each player: ▪ Allen-Williams: He’s the primary Buck in spread situations, strongside linebacker against more power situations. Him playing more Buck likely means some time there against more run-heavy teams. ▪ Sterling/Blackshear: They both held down the end spot when Wonnum was at Buck, granted he played a fair amount at end. So it’s likely their work increases as Wonnum leaves snaps on the table. ▪ Thomas: He’s mostly been at tackle this season. If he bumps out, it gives the Gamecocks a sturdier presence at that spot than Sterling or Blackshear can provide. If Thomas helps there, it likely means the younger tackles, such as Rick Sandidge and Kingsley Enagbare have come along well. ▪ Fennell: He’s a jack of all trades. He plays, end, Buck and behind Allen-Williams at strongside linebacker. For a veteran who’s played a lot of spots, he didn’t get that much work against Georgia. ▪ Johnson: He got more work than you would think against Georgia, which says something about how far he’s come. He is the top backup at the Buck spot who doesn’t start elsewhere. He’s up to 250 pounds, and the staff liked how he came along last season. He’s not D.J. Wonnum, but he could grow into something interesting through the season. So replacing Wonnum for at least a month will be a team effort, something everyone will chip in on.
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  15. Scouting South Carolina’s next opponent: Marshall September 09, 2018 Marshall (2-0) at South Carolina (1-1) When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia TV: ESPNU Three storylines 1. Will Muschamp is 2-0 with the Gamecocks after losses to Georgia, including a 28-20 win over Florida last season. An argument can be made, however, that what just happened at Williams-Brice was the most deflating defeat of his USC career. This bounce-back attempt might tell a lot about this team. 2. Marshall is 2-0 this season with wins coming over Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Kentucky. Under Coach Doc Holliday, the Herd is 3-10 against teams from Power 5 conferences (and what used to be the Big East). The wins came over Louisville in 2011, Maryland in 2013 (Military Bowl) and Purdue in 2015. 3. This game comes nearly 20 years to the date of Marshall’s last visit to Columbia. The then Chad Pennington-led Herd beat Coach Brad Scott and the Gamecocks, 24-21. That USC bunch finished 1-10, making way for the Lou Holtz era. That MU bunch went 12-1 and were crowned Mid-American Conference champions. Three Marshall players to watch 1. Marshall’s long history of notable quarterbacks includes Pennington and Byron Leftwich. Two starts into his Herd career, redshirt freshman Isaiah Green has completed more passes (47) and thrown for more yards (550) than both Pennington and Leftwich through their first two starts. 2. Marshall receiver Tyre Brady has proven he can excel against Power 5 competition. Brady, in a losing effort at N.C. State last September, set a Carter-Finley Stadium record with 248 yards on 11 catches. The former Miami Hurricane has 15 grabs for 182 yards and three touchdowns this season. 3. Marshall linebacker Chase Hancock is a former walk-on who led the Herd in tackles last season (128), en route to be named All-Conference USA. According to HeroSports.com, Hancock is the best player in college football this season wearing a No. 37 jersey.
  16. Marshall, Sept. 15 kick-off set for 7:00 pm ESPNU BROADCAST This won’t be a walkover win, especially coming off a physical game and defect at the hands of the Bulldogs. The Thundering Herd finished 8-5 a year ago and beat a decent Colorado State game in a bowl game. Now they have started week 1 with a lopsided win against Miami of Ohio and a bye week to get ready for the Gamecocks. The good news for South Carolina is junior Herd quarterback Chase Litton, who ranked fifth in school history in passing, decided to skip his senior season, so Marshall will be breaking in a new quarterback. My pick Pick: South Carolina 35, Marshall 13 WHAT YOU SAY?
  17. Carolina and Georiga in SEC East Showdown Saturday Sept. 06, 2018 You can keep up with the score here South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georiga Bulldogs CBS to Televise SEC Opener GAME INFORMATION:GAME TIME: 3:30 PM ETLOCATION: Columbia, SCSTADIUM: Williams-Brice StadiumNETWORK: CBS LINE: Georgia -9.5 OVER/UNDER:56.5  SEC NATION: The SEC Network's traveling pregame show, SEC Nation Presented by Pilot Flying J, will be in Columbia as well. The show will air live from 10 a.m. – Noon ET from Gamecock Park. Laura Rutledge hosts the show, navigating the Saturday morning conversations with analysts Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum, along with reporter Lauren Sisler. This will be SEC Nation's fourth time in Columbia and the Gamecocks' seventh total appearance on the show. In addition to the live show Saturday, Gamecock Park will play host Friday to The Paul Finebaum Show Presented by Johnsonville, which airs from 3-7 p.m. on SEC Network. Fans are invited to catch all four hours of #FinebaumFriday from the Gamecock Park set. SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS RECORD: (1-0)CONFERENCE RECORD: (0-0)NEXT OPPONENT: vs. Marshall GEORGIA BULLDOGS RECORD: (1-0)CONFERENCE RECORD: (0-0)NEXT OPPONENT: Middle Tennessee Gamecocks Key Player QB Jake Bentley Let’s call a spade a spade: Jake Bentley has struggled in big games. The junior signal caller is just 1-5 against Georgia, Clemson and Florida since becoming the Gamecocks starter in the middle of 2016. After an impressive opening game performance against Coastal, Bentley will look to translate that momentum into a solid performance against the Dawgs.Simply put, the Gamecocks don’t win without a great outing from Jake Bentley. Most quarterbacks have a “signature game” at some point in their careers. Will this be Bentley’s? Bulldogs Key Player RB D’Andre Swift Gone are two Georgia legends in departed running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. The Dawgs turn to a new face to lead their vaunted backfield in sophomore D’Andre Swift. Swift showed flashes a season ago, rushing for 631 yards and three touchdowns in limited playing time. Now it’s time to see if Swift is ready to be the focal point of the Georgia offense. While he has all the talent in the world, the bigger question is: can Swift replace the leadership that the top Chubb and Michel gave the Bulldogs a season ago? He’ll have his first chance to prove he can on Saturday. Game Preview and Analysis Key Matchup USC LB Bryson Allen-Williams vs. UGA QB Jake Fromm Allen-Williams returns to the Gamecocks defense after missing most of last season due to injury. The redshirt senior played as a true freshman in the Gamecocks’ last win over Georgia, a thrilling 38-35 victory in Columbia in 2014, and Will Muschamp has repeatedly mentioned how much Bryson Allen-Williams‘ presence meant to his defense. UGA signal caller Jake Fromm returns after an outstanding freshman season in which he led Georgia to the national championship game. While most expect the Dawgs to pound the run, don’t be surprised if Fromm and company come out looking to throw early against a new-look South Carolina secondary. Allen-Williams is the Gamecocks’ best pass rusher and will need to disrupt the timing of Fromm and the UGA offense. Prediction The matchup we talked about all offseason is finally here. Georgia comes into Williams-Brice Stadium looking to once again establish themselves as the cream of the crop in the SEC East. Meanwhile, South Carolina hopes to show to the nation that they are a real player under third-year head coach Will Muschamp. The Dawgs return a plethora of weapons on offense, including quarterback Jake Fromm. They also benefited from the transfer rule in the offseason, picking up Georgia native and Cal transfer Demetris Robertson in the process. Meanwhile, the Dawgs return five starters on defense, led by stand-out cornerback Deandre Baker. While the Bulldogs may have the more talented roster, the Gamecocks have enough playmakers to pull the upset in Columbia on Saturday afternoon. Jake Bentley will have his best game in garnet and black, Deebo Samuel will score multiple touchdowns, and the South Carolina defense will make a game winning stop, inevitably sending Williams-Brice into a frenzy. Georgia has never beaten a ranked Gamecocks team in Williams-Brice. That won’t change on Saturday. PREDICTION: South Carolina 28, Georgia 24
  18. Gamecocks cruised past Coastal. With a feeling good attitude, now will they carry over to Georgia game? That's this week question as we discuss the Gamecocks vs the Bulldogs this coming weekend. South Carolina beat in-state opponent Coastal Carolina 49-15 in Williams-Brice Stadium. The opponent was badly overmatched. It was the noon game on the SEC Network; 75,126 fans showed up and many of them didn’t stay for the second half. The venue will be the same next week, but nothing else will. South Carolina (1-0) will host No. 3 Georgia, the defending conference champion, in the 3:30 CBS game, the conference’s marquee time slot, and it’s doubtful there will be a ticket to be had by the time the game kicks off. And next week the Gamecocks will, so how much of what happened against the Chanticleers can be replicated against the Bulldogs? The best sign for the Gamecocks on Saturday was not on the stat sheet but on the headsets, where Bentley and first-year offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon have found a comfortable and productive working relationship. So what you say? Le's hear your thoughts about the biggest game in recent years having so much impact for both teams in the national setting for 2018 and maybe beyond.
  19. GCF OFFICIAL PREDICTION THREAD: South Carolina vs.Georgia Game prediction & Preview Will the Gamecocks take revenge on the Georgia Bulldogs this year? What you say? GCF OFFICIAL PREDICTION Location: Columbia, S.C. Georgia was a play or two away from winning the national championship last year and looks to be every bit as strong this year, but it also had the luxury of a miserable year from the rest of the SEC East. Now the division is better, and South Carolina appears to be a big part of it. The Gamecocks were hardly bad last season – at least compared to Florida and Tennessee – but this year, they’ve got a revamped offense, veteran talent on defense, and a coaching staff that settled in. And they’ve got Georgia in their house. The Bulldogs might have won the last three games in the series, but they also lost three straight in Columbia before coming up with the 28-14 victory in 2016. Now, South Carolina has the game and the moment it needs to crank up the Will Muschamp era. Win this, and all of a sudden, the East opens up. There’s still a trip to Florida to deal with, but there’s no Alabama, Auburn, LSU or Mississippi State to face from the West. Or, this is the moment when Georgia plants its flag in the East and shows everyone whose division this really is. There’s still plenty of work to do with LSU and Auburn to face from the other division, and the suddenly-tough again date with Florida, but if this is the national title contender it’s supposed to be, this is the type of landmine it has to be good enough to sidestep. Why the Gamecocks will win This is when Jake Bentley needs to have the game of his life. The veteran junior didn’t play against the Dawgs as a freshman – the USC loss led to him starting the following week – and he struggled last season. But now, with Rico Dowdle and Ty’Son Williams in the backfield, and with Deebo Samuel back for the passing attack, the weapons are there. This really is a good enough Gamecock offense to do what the Gamecock offense is supposed to do. Hit the third down throws, own the clock, and control the game. But now, it can hit the home run, too. Bentley got time to work last week against Coastal Carolina, and he was on, hitting 22-of-29 passes for 250 yards and four scores. In an insane home atmosphere, he’ll have to settle everyone down, be calm, and get the ball in the hands of his playmakers. My Prediction: Great news for South Carolina: this game returns to early September. Georgia will be looking to replace many key players from last year including Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. That's the good news, The less-good news for the Gamecocks is the Bulldogs have recruited well enough to replace their losses. The Gamecocks put up a fight against the Bulldogs in Athens last season. Expect them to do the same this season in front of a sold-out Williams-Brice Stadium. This game will set the tone of the season. If the Gamecocks win or make it a close game, it’s going to be a fun year. But at this stage, an early season game could give the Gamecocks a win this time around. The Gamecocks will prove they belong in the discussion of the top teams in college football with an inspired effort on both sides of the ball. The defense will frustrate Jake Fromm and the Georgia attack time and again, forcing long drives to stall and settling for too many field goals. Bentley will march the offense early for a quick lead and hold on till the end. (I feel the Gamecocks are due for a big upset and this game fits the bill.) South Carolina 21, Georgia 20 WHAT OTHERS THINK Georgia vs South Carolina 2018 Preview & Predictions Bulldogs vs Gamecocks USC GA Georgia vs South Carolina | 2018 College Football Prediction
  20. Coach Will Muschamp on his SEC coaches teleconference today said Gamecocks junior BUCK D.J. Wonnum practiced for the first time this week as he is dealing with an ankle sprain. D.J. Wonnum suffered the injury in the second half of the win over Coastal Carolina. He was placed in a boot by head medical trainer Clint Haggard to reduce swelling and was held out of Sunday and Tuesday practices on purpose
  21. Film Breakdown: So how different was Bryan McClendon’s USC offense? A lot Sept. 03, 2018 THE STATE COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA Offseasons are funny things. Hype builds. Narratives spring to life and gain momentum. Promises are made. (How many teams have heard about a veteran offensive line ready for the next step?) This year, South Carolina fans were treated to a few, notable varying degrees of, “The offense will be different.” Considering how the last two years went, it’s a promise a staff wants to make, but it’s tricky given the fact most modern offenses run a lot of the same stuff and USC already had a fair amount of that. We got our first look at USC’s 2018 attack under Bryan McClendon in the 49-15 win against Coastal Carolina. In a lot of ways, it was in fact a lot different. Some big things Tempo South Carolina’s offense wasn’t exactly going at warp speed, but it was certainly quicker than last year’s group that was in the bottom 10 nationally in pace. The Gamecocks had only two drives last longer than 3 minutes and 47 seconds. Those were a 10-play, 4:38 touchdown and a 14-play, 5:58 scoring drive one possession later. That’s generally pretty quick, especially considering USC didn’t have any really big plays to speak of (long was 29 yards). The team also looked plenty comfortable at the end of the half, going 70-plus yards in 45 seconds and five plays. Stretch zone This is a base play for some offenses, where a back takes a wider angle on his runs and looks for a gap to cut up into. USC ran it five times in the first 27 plays, after maybe running it once the past few seasons. It worked to good effect, creating wide holes in a Sun Belt defense, though it looked as if the Gamecocks turned back toward their usual inside zone once the second half started. South Carolina also ran a decent amount of it out of the pistol, something they did sparingly last season. All told, USC’s run game relied a lot on its sweep plays and used almost none of the gap blocking that had been a staple the past two years. Some smaller things Not going all that deep In Game 1, Jake Bentley had what seemed like a limited number of deeper passes in favor of working short and keeping the chains moving. Of 27 true attempts before garbage time, USC threw farther than 9 yards five times and farther than 14 only three. (There was a 13-yard toss on a free play after an offsides and a 14-yard fade to Deebo Samuel.) Instead, USC seemed more content to work the flats, slants and hitches and let their playmakers work. It was effective and efficient, keeping the ball moving, at least against a not-great defense. It remains to be seen if this is a trend or just a plan against an overmatched opponent. The RPOs Although it was a big topic of the offseason, it’s not like USC hadn’t been running some run-pass option plays though the last few years. The Gamecocks threw at least nine passes off RPOs, averaging 5.7 yards per play despite a pair of drops at least one batted ball against the blitz. At times it’s hard to tell exactly which runs come from RPOs. (Is that receiver actually running a route, or just doing it as a decoy?) Either way, USC did post a good day on the ground, its second best since 2014. The short-yardage question This was an issue at points last year. Against the Chanticleers, USC faced: ▪ A third and 3 where Bentley hit OrTre Smith on a slant after standing tall vs. the blitz. USC’s protection was outnumbered, but Bentley fired a bullet. ▪ A third and two where Rico Dowdle got the ball on a sweep. It’s not the traditional call, and he had to fight through contact, so that outcome wasn’t ideal. ▪ A fourth and 1 when Bentley sneaked it over. ▪ A third and 3 where Bentley hit Josh Vann on a drag route short of the sticks as pressure came. ▪ A fourth and 1 where Dowdle converted on a fullback dive (more on that later). ▪ A third and 1 where four receivers went vertical and Samuel drew a flag. All told, there’s more diversity in there than usual, and the willingness to sneak Bentley, which happened once last season, is worth watching.
  22. Coach Will Muschamp updates DJ Wonnum injury Sept 01, 2018 South Carolina defensive lineman DJ Wonnum’s injury looked bad when he went down in the third quarter against Coastal Carolina on Saturday grabbing at his lower leg. He’ll should be OK. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp explained it was just a sprained ankle and sounded like it wasn’t a big concern. “Based on the information I have, he’s going to be fine,” Muschamp said. Wonnum is one of USC’s most versatile linemen and led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in 2017. Tight end K.C. Crosby also got dinged up, but Muschamp didn’t see it as too serious.
  23. Gamecocks Open Football Season Saturday vs. Coastal Carolina Game Time Set for High Noon August 30, 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers South Carolina opens the 2018 football season against Coastal Carolina Here’s what you need to know about the game: Game info Who: Coastal Carolina (0-0) at South Carolina (0-0) When: Noon Saturday Where: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) Series history: South Carolina leads all-time series 1-0 with a 70-10 win in 2013 TV: SEC Network (Taylor Zarzour, play-by-play; Matt Stinchcomb, analysis; Kris Budden, sideline) Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Langston Moore, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 99/XM 190 Line: South Carolina by 29 1/2 Gamecock Walk: Takes place at approximately 9:50 a.m. Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 91. A 40 percent chance of precipitation, with potential for showers and thunderstorms Game week 1: Talking Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Discussion Thread) GCF OFFICIAL PREDICTION THREAD: South Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina & Game Preview LISTEN LIVE 2018: S.C. Gamecocks vs. C.C. Chanticleers Sat, Sept.1 at 12:00pm. WATCH LIVE 2018: S.C. Gamecocks vs C.C. Chanticleers Sat, Sept. 1 at 12:00pm Chanticleers Key Player/WR Malcolm Williams Williams is by far the Chanticleers most dynamic player coming into the season. The senior led the Chants in receiving a year ago, hauling in 43 catches for 793 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2017. With not many other options, expect Coastal to look Williams way early and often. With an 18.4 yards per catch average a year ago, he proved he is a big play threat and someone who can go the distance on any play. If the Chants make this one close, it’s probably due to a big day by this guy. Gamecocks Key Player/RB Rico Dowdle SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS RECORD (0-0) CONFERENCE RECORD (0-0) NEXT OPPONENT vs. Georgia COASTAL CAROLINA CHANTICLEERS RECORD (0-0) CONFERENCE RECORD (0-0) NEXT OPPONENT vs. UAB GAME INFORMATION GAME TIME 12:00 PM ET LOCATION Columbia, SC STADIUM Williams-Brice Stadium NETWORK SEC Network LINE Gamecocks -29.5 OVER/UNDER 57 YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE: The 2018 regular season gets underway on Saturday, September 1, when the South Carolina Gamecocks host the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers out of the Sun Belt Conference. Kick time is set for 12:01 pm ET at Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) in Columbia. TV COVERAGE: The SEC Network will be on hand to televise the season opener. Taylor Zarzour and Matt Stinchcomb will be in the booth with Kris Budden working the sidelines. A HISTORY LESSON: 2018 marks the 125th season of intercollegiate football at South Carolina. It is the 112th-consecutive year in which South Carolina has competed on the gridiron. The University did not field a team in either 1893 or 1906. Carolina owns an all-time record of 601-573-44. CAROLINA VS. COASTAL: This is just the second gridiron meeting between the University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University, and the first meeting when both schools are competing at the Division I Football Bowl Series (FBS) level. The two Palmetto State squads met for the first time in 2013 when the Chanticleers were still part of the Football Championship Series (FCS) division (Division I-AA). The No. 12/11 Gamecocks rolled up a 70-10 victory over CCU on 11/23/13 in W-B. SEC HISTORY: The South Carolina Gamecocks are in their 27th year in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina and Arkansas joined the league prior to the 1992 campaign. The Gamecocks earned their lone SEC Eastern Division title in 2010. The Gamecocks are 90-117-1 (.435) all-time in SEC regular-season play, but are 35-29 (.547) in conference action since the start of the 2010 season. With a 5-3 mark and sole possession of second place in the SEC East in 2017, the Gamecocks won five or more conference games for just the eighth time in 26 years since joining the SEC.THE LAST TIME THEY MET: The Chanticleers, out of the Big South Conference, brought a gaudy 10-1 record into Williams-Brice Stadium in 2013, but were no match for the 8-2 Gamecocks, as No. 12/11 South Carolina routed Coastal Carolina by a 70-10 margin in front of 81,411 fans. For only the fifth time in program history and for just the third time in the modern era South Carolina compiled 70 or more points, while the 60-point margin of victory tied for ninth in the school's annals, and was the most since 1995. The 70 points, 639 yards of total offense, 32 first downs and 352 rushing yards were all high-water marks under head coach Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks posted 28 points in the first quarter and held a 42-7 advantage at the half. A full recap can be found on page 11 of these official game notes. What’s at stake Getting off on the right foot on what could be a big season for South Carolina. The Gamecocks have visions of nine or 10 wins, and that starts Saturday. It’s also the debut of the Gamecocks’ offense under new coordinator Bryan McClendon, who has promised a higher tempo. Early struggles might be a sign the current assembly of talent isn’t adapting quite as fast to the new approach as was hoped. The Chanticleers will be coached by Joe Moglia for the first time in a game since 2016. Coastal went 3-9 without him in its first year in FBS. The teams, by the numbers (2017) USC CCU Points/Game 24.2 23.7 Opp. Points/Game 20.7 34.0 Yds. Rushing/Game 122.2 156.2 Opp. Yds Rush/Game 141.1 169.5 Yds. Pass/Game 214.9 189.1 Opp. Yds. Pass/Game 226.0 241.2 Avg. Yds./Game 337.1 345.3 Opp. Total Yds/Game 367.1 410.8
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  25. Game week 1: Talking Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Discussion Thread) Will Jake start the season with a solid performance? What Kind of game competition will the Chanticleers provide the Gamecocks? Will the D show more improvement from 2017 season? Looking forward to seeing the new faces on the field for the Gamecocks. Want to hear your thoughts fanatics!! GO GAMECOCKS!!

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