VIDEO: Preparing for Vanderbilt

The No. 14/16 South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) will make their way to Nashville to face Eastern Division foe Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday. Check out what head coach Steve Spurrier had to say about the match-up in Tuesday’s press conference.

Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1)
-The Commodores took a 37-7 loss against Temple in their season opener and fell to Ole Miss 41-3 in Week 2.
-Last week, Vanderbilt took a 34-31 win over UMASS at home to grab its first season victory.
-Vanderbilt will be looking for its first SEC win of the season and first victory over South Carolina since the 24-17 win in 2008.
-Last year, Vandebilt took a 31-27 win over Georgia and broke a 13-game losing streak to teams ranked in the AP Top 25.
-The Commodores feature 33 first-time players and 21 new starters. They lead the nation with 31 freshman on the squad.
-After losing James Franklin to Penn State, it’s Derek Mason’s first season at Vanderbilt as a head coach. Mason played a key part at Stanford University as an associate head coach, helping lead the team to a 45-8 overall record and four straight BCS postseason games.

South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt Series
-This is the 24th meeting between the two schools. South Carolina owns a 19-4 advantage over Vanderbilt.
-South Carolina snuck by with a 17-13 win in 2012 and a 10-point victory in 2013, 35-25.
-The Gamecocks have won the last five contests of the series.
-As a head coach, Steve Spurrier is 19-2 against Vanderbilt.
-In 1961, the teams met just once before South Carolina became an Eastern Division rival with Vanderbilt in 1992.

Fun Facts:
-The Vandy roster features ten players who will face former high school teammates during the South Carolina match-up.
-The Gamecocks are tied with Stanford for the fifth-longest streak (68-consecutive polls) of being ranked in the A.P.’s Top 25. Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason coached with Stanford from 2010-2013.

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