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GAMECOCKFANATICS OFFICIAL PREVIEW AND PREDICTION THREAD

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Who:     Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0, 0-0) vs South Carolina (1-1, 0-0)

When:   Saturday September 14th, 2019

Kick-off: 3:30 pm ET

Where:  Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

TV:        CBS Network

 

The first 2019 Southeastern Conference game match-up for the South Carolina Gamecocks is upon us, and it is a doozy of a game – as the Crimson Tide of Alabama comes into Williams-Brice Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 pm. This week’s game marks the first meeting between the two programs since the 2010 season, when the then 19th-ranked Gamecocks stunned the defending national champions and then #1-ranked Crimson Tide 35-21 to end Alabama’s 19-game unbeaten streak. It was the first-ever win by the football Gamecocks over a top-ranked opponent in program history.

This Saturday, the un-ranked Gamecocks will not have the opportunity to equal that feat, although it’s not going to be their fault, as Alabama comes into this game ranked 2nd nationally. But I wouldn’t think that anyone would throw this win back, if it should happen, just the same.

 

The Coaches

South Carolina Gamecocks

Head Coach: Will Muschamp (age 48), 4th year, 23-18 (51-39 as Head Coach)

Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers: Bryan McClendon

Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs: Travaris Robinson

Quarterbacks: Dan Werner

Running Backs: Thomas Brown

Offensive Line: Eric Wolford

Tight Ends: Bobby Bentley

Defensive Line: John Scott Jr.

Special Teams/Linebackers: Coleman Hutzler

Special Teams/Nickle Backs/Sam Linebackers: Kyle Krantz

Outside Linebackers: Mike Peterson

 

Alabama Crimson Tide

Head Coach: Nick Saban (age 67), 13th year, 143-21 (234-63-1 as Head Coach)

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Steve Sarkisian

Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers: Pete Golding

Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line: Brian Baker

Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends: Jeff Banks

Offensive Line: Kyle Flood

Associate Head Coach/Running Backs: Charles Huff

Associate Defensive Coordinator/Safeties: Charles Kelly

Cornerbacks: Karl Scott

Outside Linebackers: Sal Sunseri

Wide Receivers: Holmon Wiggins

 

The Series Match-Up

This Saturday marks the 16th game in the series between South Carolina and Alabama. The Crimson Tide lead the all-time series on the field, 12-3, including a 3-2 mark in games played in Columbia. The Gamecocks however are 3-3 since the turn of the century against the Crimson Tide, having also won 37-36 in Columbia in 2001, and 20-3 in Tuscaloosa in 2004. The Tide  defeated the Gamecocks 27-17 in Tuscaloosa in 2000, and then won consecutive games 37-14 in Columbia in 2005, and 20-6 in Tuscaloosa in 2009.

This game also features another Teacher-Student match-up, as South Carolina’s Will Muschamp was once an assistant coach on Alabama’s Nick Saban’s staff at LSU as Linebacker Coach and Defensive Coordinator from 2001-2004, and then followed Saban to the NFL as Associate Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2005, when Saban took the Head Coach job there.

 

Key Match-ups In The Game

With such a talented and deep opponent like the Crimson Tide, a major match-up will always be along the lines of scrimmage. Alabama features offensive and defensive lines that are among the most talented in college football nearly every season. South Carolina’s own lines have talent, but are still learning through inexperience and gelling as a solid two-deep.

On defense, Alabama deploys a 3-4 defense that features strong Linebacker penetration and pressure, and the Tide usually leads the league in QB sacks yearly. This season they are a bit thin at the LB position due to player departures from last season, as well as some key player injuries. They will still be a formidable opponent as they simply move former 5-star rated players further down their own depth charts up into starting roles as replacements.

South Carolina’s developing OL will have it’s work cut out to protect freshman QB Ryan Hilinski and give him the time to make his progressions and make accurate passes. Against Charleston Southern last week, the Gamecock OL was dominant against an overwhelmed FCS opponent, and Hilinski had no pressure all game long. He performed superlatively, but this Saturday the test becomes much more difficult.

Also, the Gamecock running game was precedent-setting excellent against the FCS Buccaneers, but Alabama has long prided itself in preventing opposing RBs from having 100+ yard games against them, for years. Backs Rico Dowdle, Tavien Feaster, and company don’t need to rush for 100+ yds, but they do need to be effective in picking up consistent gains on the ground, and again help give Hilinksi more breathing room to execute.

On offense for Alabama, again the line of scrimmage will be key. The Crimson Tide OL is returning two starters from last season’s unit, and both will be manning the Tackle positions, but they have experienced and talented depth throughout the two-deep. Starting QB Tua Tagovailoa is touted as a Heisman contender, and he will have a strong line to protect him. The Gamecock defensive line of Kinlaw, Wonnum, Smith, and Sterling will once again need to have a strong game and put pressure on Tagovailoa, to keep him from settling down and picking our young secondary apart. At the same time, Alabama is still a top power rushing offense, so our Linebackers will need to pull their share as well.

 

South Carolina Will Win If

Hopefully the team comes in with a good dose of confidence from the record-setting day against Charleston Southern, regardless of the caliber of the opponent. Right now confidence and playing emotionally and with intensity is much needed for this Will Muschamp team. The team will be bolstered by a rabid home crowd, and memories of what happened the last time Alabama was on the Williams-Brice field. If Hilinski can maintain his poise, continue his accurate execution of the passing game, and the RBs are able to consistently produce on the ground, while the Gamecock defense is able to contain the Tide offense and not allow too many big-gain plays through the air – don’t let the talented Alabama WRs get past the DBs for long plays – South Carolina may be able to stay in the game, and gain confidence as the game moves along. As former coach Steve Spurrier said in 2010, help give Fate a chance.

 

Alabama Will Win If

The Tide has regularly rolled opponents from all angles over the past years. They were doing that in 2010. South Carolina was helped that day with a number of Alabama miscues, missed field goals and trick plays, and a QB that perhaps didn’t respect the Gamecock DL enough to get rid of the FB quick enough. This game, the Tide will be implored by Coach Saban to focus and execute better. One can be assured that the Crimson Tide is coming into Williams-Brice knowing that South Carolina is the last SEC-East opponent to defeat them. Focus, execution of the game-plan, and just letting their superior depth and talent play it’s role, and Alabama will be in a good position.

 

GamecockFanatics Prediction

Alabama 42 South Carolina 17

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I might be wearing my Garnet glasses, but I see this being a lot closer. No matter how hard they try, I think Bama is going to underestimate us. I also think a few good runs, including from Dak, and Ryan is going to shock their secondary. Once you shake them up a little, they lose their poise and start making mistakes. That's what happened last year against Clemson, and what happened in 2010. Are they going to score? Yes, a lot. But if we can sneak an early lead, I think an upset could happen. They really should of made the over under be higher but like this post, they don't think we can score. I think we can. Our D will have some fits, but our O will score.

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11 hours ago, ConwayGamecock said:

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GAMECOCKFANATICS OFFICIAL PREVIEW AND PREDICTION THREAD

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Who:     Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0, 0-0) vs South Carolina (1-1, 0-0)

When:   Saturday September 14th, 2019

Kick-off: 3:30 pm ET

Where:  Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

TV:        CBS Network

 

The first 2019 Southeastern Conference game match-up for the South Carolina Gamecocks is upon us, and it is a doozy of a game – as the Crimson Tide of Alabama comes into Williams-Brice Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 pm. This week’s game marks the first meeting between the two programs since the 2010 season, when the then 19th-ranked Gamecocks stunned the defending national champions and then #1-ranked Crimson Tide 35-21 to end Alabama’s 19-game unbeaten streak. It was the first-ever win by the football Gamecocks over a top-ranked opponent in program history.

This Saturday, the un-ranked Gamecocks will not have the opportunity to equal that feat, although it’s not going to be their fault, as Alabama comes into this game ranked 2nd nationally. But I wouldn’t think that anyone would throw this win back, if it should happen, just the same.

 

The Coaches

South Carolina Gamecocks

Head Coach: Will Muschamp (age 48), 4th year, 23-18 (51-39 as Head Coach)

Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers: Bryan McClendon

Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs: Travaris Robinson

Quarterbacks: Dan Werner

Running Backs: Thomas Brown

Offensive Line: Eric Wolford

Tight Ends: Bobby Bentley

Defensive Line: John Scott Jr.

Special Teams/Linebackers: Coleman Hutzler

Special Teams/Nickle Backs/Sam Linebackers: Kyle Krantz

Outside Linebackers: Mike Peterson

 

Alabama Crimson Tide

Head Coach: Nick Saban (age 67), 13th year, 143-21 (234-63-1 as Head Coach)

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Steve Sarkisian

Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers: Pete Golding

Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line: Brian Baker

Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends: Jeff Banks

Offensive Line: Kyle Flood

Associate Head Coach/Running Backs: Charles Huff

Associate Defensive Coordinator/Safeties: Charles Kelly

Cornerbacks: Karl Scott

Outside Linebackers: Sal Sunseri

Wide Receivers: Holmon Wiggins

 

The Series Match-Up

This Saturday marks the 16th game in the series between South Carolina and Alabama. The Crimson Tide lead the all-time series on the field, 12-3, including a 3-2 mark in games played in Columbia. The Gamecocks however are 3-3 since the turn of the century against the Crimson Tide, having also won 37-36 in Columbia in 2001, and 20-3 in Tuscaloosa in 2004. The Tide  defeated the Gamecocks 27-17 in Tuscaloosa in 2000, and then won consecutive games 37-14 in Columbia in 2005, and 20-6 in Tuscaloosa in 2009.

This game also features another Teacher-Student match-up, as South Carolina’s Will Muschamp was once an assistant coach on Alabama’s Nick Saban’s staff at LSU as Linebacker Coach and Defensive Coordinator from 2001-2004, and then followed Saban to the NFL as Associate Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2005, when Saban took the Head Coach job there.

 

Key Match-ups In The Game

With such a talented and deep opponent like the Crimson Tide, a major match-up will always be along the lines of scrimmage. Alabama features offensive and defensive lines that are among the most talented in college football nearly every season. South Carolina’s own lines have talent, but are still learning through inexperience and gelling as a solid two-deep.

On defense, Alabama deploys a 3-4 defense that features strong Linebacker penetration and pressure, and the Tide usually leads the league in QB sacks yearly. This season they are a bit thin at the LB position due to player departures from last season, as well as some key player injuries. They will still be a formidable opponent as they simply move former 5-star rated players further down their own depth charts up into starting roles as replacements.

South Carolina’s developing OL will have it’s work cut out to protect freshman QB Ryan Hilinski and give him the time to make his progressions and make accurate passes. Against Charleston Southern last week, the Gamecock OL was dominant against an overwhelmed FCS opponent, and Hilinski had no pressure all game long. He performed superlatively, but this Saturday the test becomes much more difficult.

Also, the Gamecock running game was precedent-setting excellent against the FCS Buccaneers, but Alabama has long prided itself in preventing opposing RBs from having 100+ yard games against them, for years. Backs Rico Dowdle, Tavien Feaster, and company don’t need to rush for 100+ yds, but they do need to be effective in picking up consistent gains on the ground, and again help give Hilinksi more breathing room to execute.

On offense for Alabama, again the line of scrimmage will be key. The Crimson Tide OL is returning two starters from last season’s unit, and both will be manning the Tackle positions, but they have experienced and talented depth throughout the two-deep. Starting QB Tua Tagovailoa is touted as a Heisman contender, and he will have a strong line to protect him. The Gamecock defensive line of Kinlaw, Wonnum, Smith, and Sterling will once again need to have a strong game and put pressure on Tagovailoa, to keep him from settling down and picking our young secondary apart. At the same time, Alabama is still a top power rushing offense, so our Linebackers will need to pull their share as well.

 

South Carolina Will Win If

Hopefully the team comes in with a good dose of confidence from the record-setting day against Charleston Southern, regardless of the caliber of the opponent. Right now confidence and playing emotionally and with intensity is much needed for this Will Muschamp team. The team will be bolstered by a rabid home crowd, and memories of what happened the last time Alabama was on the Williams-Brice field. If Hilinski can maintain his poise, continue his accurate execution of the passing game, and the RBs are able to consistently produce on the ground, while the Gamecock defense is able to contain the Tide offense and not allow too many big-gain plays through the air – don’t let the talented Alabama WRs get past the DBs for long plays – South Carolina may be able to stay in the game, and gain confidence as the game moves along. As former coach Steve Spurrier said in 2010, help give Fate a chance.

 

Alabama Will Win If

The Tide has regularly rolled opponents from all angles over the past years. They were doing that in 2010. South Carolina was helped that day with a number of Alabama miscues, missed field goals and trick plays, and a QB that perhaps didn’t respect the Gamecock DL enough to get rid of the FB quick enough. This game, the Tide will be implored by Coach Saban to focus and execute better. One can be assured that the Crimson Tide is coming into Williams-Brice knowing that South Carolina is the last SEC-East opponent to defeat them. Focus, execution of the game-plan, and just letting their superior depth and talent play it’s role, and Alabama will be in a good position.

 

GamecockFanatics Prediction

Alabama 42 South Carolina 17

Probably a good prediction...if we can somehow find some black magic, shake the chicken curse, have the stars all align, get Willy B involved early, get the ball to bounce our way and find a way to win my number is

South Carolina 42  Alabama 38

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I’m struggling to find the matchups where we have any sort of advantage.  Coaching, talent, depth, experience, preparation.  That prediction may be generous.  I’m hoping for the best, half expecting the worst if we can’t get any semblance of a running game early.   Can’t put this exclusively on a freshman QB and our pass protection.  

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2 hours ago, FeatheredCock said:

OK anyone here giving our gamecocks a chance?  Anyone brave enough to stick there neck out on this one? 

I have been saying since before the season started that I felt we would upset Bama and Clemson at home. Did UNC game change my feeling?  Yes. However, last Saturday Ryan Hilinski gave it back again. That kid is going to find a way to win this game. Even if he can't get the long balls, he is quick at finding his check and eventually Bama will slip and let Edwards or Shi slip loose by a foot or two. Ryan is accurate enough that that is all he will need. It will be high scoring and close most of the game. I just hope our D can help this happen. They just got to be able to get a couple stops. Ryan will keep our O on the field a long time.

My pick 35-31 Gamecocks. 

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13 hours ago, FeatheredCock said:

OK anyone here giving our gamecocks a chance?  Anyone brave enough to stick there neck out on this one? 

It seems that CocksRGood just did!  And I applaud him.

I think our defense plays a little better and our offense shows up more, but we're still not going to have enough.  We will cover though.

I'll say Alabama 34, South Carolina 20.

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5 minutes ago, ShepCock said:

It seems that CocksRGood just did!  And I applaud him.

I think our defense plays a little better and our offense shows up more, but we're still not going to have enough.  We will cover though.

I'll say Alabama 34, South Carolina 20.

Yes he did!!:woohoo-jumping-smiley-emoticon:

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I will be the sunshine pumper and stick my neck out.

South Carolina 38

Alabama 31

Just remember I am being very generous and the only reason is, they will have to prepare for a QB they have hardly any film on, plus we do have a stable of good impressive RBs, if the O line can just block. Also, the stadium is going to be loud, very loud, I am talking Georgia 2012 game loud. So let's see what happens. This is college football there is always a chance, but if we do lose, I am not going to be destroyed about it, we are playing Alabama, this isn't NC and it damn sure isn't CSU. 

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If we can somehow pull the upset....I think it will take us scoring a lot of points 40 or more. Alabama will score 5 touchdowns I can't see our defense controlling the outcome...but if they don't let it get totally out of hand. I believe Hilinski and rest of our offense may be able to put up the points needed with a little help from Garcia.

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