CFN: South Carolina - Wofford Analysis
Wofford (1-1) at South Carolina (1-1) 7 pm EST Saturday, September 16th
Why to watch: South Carolina is taking a two-week break playing Wofford and Florida Atlantic before getting back into SEC play against Auburn to close out a four-game homestand. On a 13-game winning streak against the Terriers, the Gamecocks should be able to work out most of their problems on offense and finally get the passing game going. Wofford is coming off a 41-38 loss to South Carolina, but it has a good enough offense to put up a little bit of a fight. USC is coming off a rough home outing losing to Georgia 18-0.
Why Wofford might win: The Terriers have a fantastic rushing game that's cranked out 568 yards in its fist two games of the year with 335 of them coming in last week's loss. South Carolina's run defense has been nothing special, and it took a big hit losing DT Marque Hall for the season. Can the Terriers control the game by cranking out 200 yards? It's possible.
Why South Carolina might win: The Terriers have a one-dimensional offense, so if the Gamecocks can take away a little bit of the ground game, it'll be over. Wofford needs good field position, and that should be a problem with USC punter Ryan Succop blasting the air out of the ball over the first two games averaging 46 yards per boot. This will get ugly in a hurry if Wofford has to start throwing.
Who to watch: South Carolina has only scored one touchdown so far, and it came on a fluky, trick play against Mississippi State. With the ground game going nowhere so far and the offensive line doing its best to get QB Blake Mitchell killed, the coaching staff is looking to shuffle things around. Is Steve Spurrier simply trying to light a fire, or is he serious about changing around the entire offense? Mitchell has been decent now he has been suspended after being arrested following a bar fight. That means freshman Chris Smelley, who completed seven of 11 passes against Georgia, is now the main man for the foreseeable future and with a nice, easy game to get used to the gig.
What will happen: Spurrier will be much happier for about ten minutes after the game, and then he'll dismiss this as a win over Wofford.
CFN Prediction: South Carolina 45 ... Wofford 10
Line: No Line
Must See Rating: (5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 Dancing with the Stars) ... 1
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