Staff Predictions: Furman

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Paul Stewart - Staff Writer
It's all about getting ready for the big matchup against Auburn next weekend, and I expect the Gamecocks to cruise in this one. Look for them to get rested and healthy, and take care of the Paladins by scoring early and often.

South Carolina - 45
Furman - 7
Jason Ross - Football/Recruiting Analyst
Coach Spurrier has been talking about wanting to hang 50 on an opponent one of these days and coming out and executing from start to finish. Well, the Gamecocks have the opportunity to do just that on Saturday night against the Furman Paladins.

South Carolina holds the advantage against Furman at every position on the field both on offense and defense. Look for the Gamecocks to come out fired up wanting to show they can dominate a lesser opponent unlike their past struggles with Wofford and other small schools recently. Look for the Gamecocks to use a lot of players on both sides of the ball in this game trying to get them as much real game experience as possible. I also think you will see Coach Spurrier open things up on offense to get the juices flowing against a lesser opponent and to keep the players focused and engaged. Taking care of business will be the Gamecocks theme this Saturday night.

I also have a funny feeling that this will be the game that the Gamecocks end their long drought without a kick return for a touchdown (Punt of Kickoff Return). South Carolina definitely has the playmakers to end this drought, and I think that the talent advantage they hold over Furman bodes well for big success in the return game.

I expect the Gamecocks to look very impressive in all facets of the game Saturday night in route to a decisive victory over the Furman Paladins. Look for the Gamecocks to give Auburn a lot to think about and a lot to have to plan for. When it's all said and done the Gamecocks will have finally put it all together like they should against this caliber of an opponent, and in doing so, break the elusive 50 point barrier.

South Carolina - 52
Furman - 9
David Porter - Beat Writer
After the Southern Miss game Spurrier mentioned that he thought Carolina would hang 50 on the Golden Eagles and said that he'd like to score 50 on someone. Well, there may be no better chance than in this week's game against FCS opponent Furman. The question is will he have enough time to hang 50 on the Paladins?

Furman's triple-option offense can frustrate defenses and chew up clock. It is difficult for any defense to shut down a triple-option offense, even Carolina's defense. I think Carolina will pretty much score at will against the Paladins, but I see Furman chewing up just enough time off the clock to keep Spurrier from reaching that 50-point goal. Expect to see a lot of guys get a lot of playing time this weekend and Furman will put some points on the board late against some 3rd stringers.

South Carolina - 45
Furman - 10
Ryan Bethea - Photographer
USC's fast start to the 2010 football season cranks into high gear Saturday against Furman. Obviously, don't expect Marcus Lattimore to get as many touches this week as the rest of the Gamecocks offense carries the weight. Ellis Johnson's defense scores a touchdown and USC finishes a successful 3-game homestand with a 42-10 rout of the Paladins.

South Carolina - 42
Furman - 10
Wes Mitchell
There's no question that South Carolina has struggled to put away teams it should have beat handily during the Spurrier era, but this team seems to have a different attitude and a maturity not recently seen in Columbia. The Gamecocks were able to put away a Southern Miss team that many thought following the game may have just simply been overrated. But the Golden Eagles were able to prove some worth Friday when they beat Kansas by two touchdowns. The Gamecocks take care of business, but too much running and a small look ahead to a massive SEC showdown with Auburn next week keeps Spurrier from getting his 50.

South Carolina - 38
Furman - 13

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