South Carolina is coming off of one of their most disappointing losses in Muschamp’s tenure.
Tennessee completely outplayed the Gamecocks and basically exposed their secondary.
South Carolina also continued their second half offensive struggles when they failed to score in the entire second half.
The team needs a lot of work if they want to make a bowl game, but Vanderbilt could be a nice rebound game.
Here are my three bold predictions:
South Carolina’s defense will rebound at home
Tennessee had a lot of success just passing the ball against South Carolina.
They had good enough receivers to burn our secondary, but Vanderbilt doesn’t have that big of a pass game.
Quarterback Riley Neal isn’t exactly the best quarterback in the SEC, but they do have one reliable receiver in Kalija Lipscomb.
Lipscomb is a stud receiver who almost hit 1,000 yards last season, but the Commodores will rely more on Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who is one of the most exciting running backs in the conference.
Vaughn is on pace for over 1,000 rushing yards this season, but I expect South Carolina’s front seven to slow him down and make Vanderbilt rely on the passing game.
Javon Kinlaw will have a breakout game
Kinlaw is a clear first round talent this year, but he’s been quiet the last couple games due to the fact that linemen are double teaming him.
I’m willing to bet this South Carolina defense is hungry. They know they need to turn it around.
Kinlaw is the leader of this defense, and he will record at least one sack and one forced fumble.
CBS Sports has Kinlaw as the number seven overall pick in their latest mock draft.
I think he has a chance to be the next Aaron Donald.
Tavien Feaster will have 100+ yards and two touchdowns
Vanderbilt has a decent pass defense, and Hilinski is still playing like a true freshman.
I’m not saying he’s bad I’m just saying he’s not a gunslinger yet. I wish I could say Hilinski will be the best offensive player in this game, but he’s just not there yet.
Feaster has looked really good over the last couple games, and Vanderbilt has allowed 202 rushing yards per game.
I also expect Denson to get a good share of carries since Dowdle is still hurt.
Feaster is South Carolina’s leading rusher, and he’s going to help them control the game from the start.
I’m willing to guess South Carolina will win comfortably in this one.
Whenever Muschamp’s seat starts to heat up, he tends to have a rebound game.
I’m taking the Gamecocks to win this one 20-14 in a defensive slugfest at Williams-Brice.