5 predictions: LSU 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 showdown in Baton Rouge between LSU and South Carolina

1. LSU fails to get 250 yards

LSU finished last week's game against Florida with just 200 yards of total offense. The Tigers struggled to move the ball all afternoon against the Gator defense, and will have similar trouble Saturday night against South Carolina. The Tigers will be able to move the ball better this week at home, but with a line that has been decimated by injuries, LSU will struggle to keep the Gamecock defensive line in the backfield.

2. Gamecocks register five sacks

Zach Mettenberger has been sacked quite a bit as the Tigers have had those injury struggles on the offensive line. LSU has given up 15 sacks this season, with both Towson and Florida recording four in the last two games. Meanwhile the South Carolina defense has recorded an impressive 25 sacks in the first half of the season. Look for the Gamecocks to add on to that total this week and sack Mettenberger more than he's been sacked all season.

3. Both teams show some trickery

With LSU's struggling offense Les Miles almost has to go for a trick play at some point Saturday night to be able to move the ball. Whether it is a fake punt or kick or some kind of halfback pass, LSU will need help getting the offense jumpstarted. Likewise, South Carolina may have to use some sort of trick play to move the ball against the LSU defense. A double pass with Ace Sanders may be in the cards.

4. Gamecocks finish +2 in turnovers

If South Carolina has had problems, it has been turnovers. South Carolina is just +3 on the season in turnovers, forcing 11 turnovers and turning the ball over eight times. This could be a game that can be decided by turnovers. Carolina will finish +2 in turnover margin this week, allowing it to make a difference in the game.

5. First one to 10 wins

Saturday's game is going to be a low-scoring affair. Both teams are very, very good on the defensive side of the ball and have had some struggles offensively. Obviously LSU has struggled much more offensively, particularly in the last few weeks while Carolina has progressively gotten better. The first team to score double figures will win the game.

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