Five predictions: Tennessee edition

Over the course of the season, I will be making five predictions for each of the South Carolina football games. Some may be bold, some may be safe, some may be right on target. This week we take a look at the South Carolina's SEC East match-up against Tennessee in Knoxville.

1. Clowney reunites with Worley.

No doubt Jadeveon Clowney has heard about Justin Worley all week. The former Northwestern star defeated Clowney's South Pointe team in last year's State Championship game. Don't think Clowney has forgotten about that. This is his chance to exact a little bit of revenge on Worley and I believe he does just that. Clowney will get to Worley several times, sacking him once and knocking him down several times.

2. Vols fail to reach century mark rushing

With the true freshman Worley making his first career start, Tennessee is going to try and pound the ball against Carolina. The problem is they can't run the ball. They will undoubtedly have a little more success against the Gamecocks than they did against Alabama and LSU, the top two rush defenses in the league. However, Carolina knows what Tennessee has to do and they will be ready for the run, holding the Vols to under 100 yards rushing.

3. Shaw throws for 250 and a score

Connor Shaw struggled a bit in his last start at Mississippi State. Though Shaw completed 20-of-28 passes, most were short yardage passes as he threw for just 155 yards, only eight yards per completion. He did lead the team down the field when it mattered, connecting with Alshon Jeffery for the game-winning touchdown. Tennessee is tenth in the league in pass defense, and with no Marcus Lattimore, Shaw will get a chance to throw it a lot. He just missed on the deep passes last week, but look for him to hook up with Jeffery, Damiere Byrd, or Ace Sanders for a big gain, and he will toss a touchdown pass to Jeffery. This week, however, it won't be the game-winner with less than five minutes to play.

4. Wilds gets first career touchdown

Brandon Wilds will have his chance to prove himself to the coaching staff. He has had some nice runs this season and kept the chains moving against Mississippi State when he entered on the final drive. This week he will at least double his 13 carries for the season and may end up doubling his 75 yards if he has a big game. I look for Wilds to have a good game and find his way to the checkerboard for his first career touchdown.

5. Gamecocks force three turnovers

Last time the two teams met in Knoxville, the Gamecocks literally handed the Vols the win on a rainy night. Carolina fumbled the ball twice in their first five plays and Tennessee led 14-0 before the fans got in their seats. Carolina fumbled the ball three times, leading to Tennessee's first three touchdowns. Stephen Garcia's interception in the fourth quarter lead to Tennessee's final points in the 31-13 win.

This year the forecast appears to be nice and look for South Carolina to return the favor to the Vols. The Gamecocks have forced 24 turnovers, four more than anyone else in the SEC, and Tennessee has turned the ball over 10 times. Look for Carolina to force Worley into a few mistakes and come away with three turnovers.

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