Keys To Victory Against Wofford

GamecockAnthem.com takes a look at South Carolina's keys to victory when they play host to the Wofford Terriers this evening.

I. Capitalize On Offense

The Gamecocks are looking to rebound after a disappointing offensive performance against the Georgia Bulldogs last weekend. Despite making three trips inside the red zone, including having two opportunities at the goal line, the Gamecocks ultimately could not put any points on the board. In fact, South Carolina's only offensive touchdown through the first two games has come off a trick play. That is definitely not the start that fans envisioned heading into the second year of Steve Spurrier's offensive system, but the season is still young.

South Carolina's offense will be facing a struggling Wofford defense that is fresh off allowing 41 points to Coastal Carolina a week ago. With a revamped offense, Coach Spurrier will look to cure the Gamecocks offensive woes in a big way on Saturday. If that is to happen, the Gamecock offense will need to capitalize when they have scoring opportunities. Look for Sidney Rice and Jared Cook to get more touches in red zone situations against the Terriers, and watch for Syvelle Newton to be utilized as a dual threat with both the run and the pass from the quarterback position.



II. Defensive Assignments

Option offenses have become few and far between in SEC competition due to the overall speed in the conference. Thus when South Carolina plays host to Wofford on Saturday evening, they will face the unfamiliar and potentially frustrating task of slowing down the Terriers option attack. The key to stopping any option attack is to maintain defensive assignments and remain disciplined at all times, and the young Gamecock defense will attempt to do just that.



III. Play Smart

When South Carolina takes the field against Wofford on Saturday, they will field one of their youngest teams in recent memory. Four freshmen will be making their first career starts on offense, while two more freshmen will be asked to play a starting role on the defensive side of the ball. With all of this youth on the field, the Gamecocks will need to ignore the expectations of blowing the Terriers out and simply play smart football. The Gamecocks will look to avoid the silly penalties, offensive miscues, and missed tackles that so often come with playing young players.

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