5 predictions: UAB edition

For the second year, 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 first night game at home against UAB.

1. Thompson goes for 200 and two scores

Much like last week, Dylan Thompson is going to get the start and will play the whole game barring injury or poor play. It's hard to expect Thompson to have the type of game he did last week, but if UAB plays it like ECU played it then he could have that type of game. I expect to see more of a running threat than last week which will affect Thompson's numbers somewhat. He'll still get to the 250 mark and two touchdown passes.

2. Lattimore runs for 125 and scores twice

Marcus Lattimore was non-existent for the most part last week. Some say it was the defensive scheme ECU ran with seven or eight in the box most of the game, while others say the offensive line just couldn't block. I believe it's a little of both. Troy was able to run for 262 yards against UAB in week one and Troy does not have a Lattimore. If the offensive line is not able to open holes against the Blazers then there could be some serious issues. I don't see that being a problem.

3. Jerrel Adams gets first catch

Adams was open several times last week, but Thompson was unable to find him. Adams has had a spectacular fall camp and has earned his way into the rotation to get major playing time. Thompson will finally see an open Adams and will hit him.

4. Shaq with a big play

Shaq Roland finally got into the box score last week. After several deep balls that Roland couldn't quite reel in, Roland finally got his first two career receptions. Roland said that calmed him down a bit after having too much to think about on the deep balls. Now that the pressure of getting his first catch is gone, Thompson will want try and hit Roland deep again. This week they will connect and don't be surprised if Shaq has one of the touchdown receptions.

5. D-line all over Jonathan Perry

A staple of Bobby Petrino's system that Garrick McGee brought to UAB is downfield passes. Those take time and UAB gave up two sacks against Troy. I expect UAB to try and throw the ball quick like ECU did, but if they get in second-and-long and third-and-long situations they are going to have to throw the ball downfield. That's when the Gamecock defensive line will be all over Perry. Carolina sacks Perry four times.


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