Vanderbilt vs. USC preview/ prediction

The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Columbia, S.C. on Saturday to face the South Carolina Gamecocks in a crucial SEC matchup. Here is everything you need to know about the game.


Vanderbilt

VS.


South Carolina

SiteWilliams-Bryce Stadium (80,250), Columbia, S.C.
Date/TimeOctober 22, 2005, 2:30 PM CST
TelevisionPay per view in S.C.; ESPN Gameplan nationally
Radio Nashville WGFX 104.5-FM; Fayetteville WEKR 1240-AM; Memphis KWAN 990-AM; Nashville WNSR 560-AM; Chattanooga WDOD 1310-AM; Huntsville WTKI 1450-AM; Smithville WJLE 101.7-FM; Ardmore WSLV 1110-AM; Clarksville WJZM 1400-AM; Lewisburg WAXO 1220-AM; Smithville WJLE 1480-AM; Ashland City WQSV 790-AM; Columbia WMGC 810-AM; Manchester WFTZ 101.5-FM; Winchester WCDT 1340-AM
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General School/ Team Information
.South CarolinaVanderbilt
NicknameGamecocksCommodores
ColorsGarnet and BlackBlack and Gold
Enrollment23,70010,291
ConferenceSEC East SEC East
Head CoachSteve SpurrierBobby Johnson
Coach's career record145-43-2 (3-3 at SC)70-68 (10-32 at VU)
Record last year6-52-9
Returning offensive starters46
Returning defensive starters56
Base offenseMultiple2-Back, Multi-set
Base defenseMultiple4-3
Series Information
Series RecordUSC leads, 12-2
First Meeting1961, USC 23-7
Last Meeting2004, USC 31-6

South Carolina Schedule
Sept. 1 Central Florida, W 24-15
Sept. 10 at Georgia, L 17-15
Sept. 17 Alabama, L 37-14
Sept. 24 Troy, W 45-20
Oct. 1 at Auburn, L 48-7
Oct. 8 Kentucky, W 44-16
Oct. 22 Vanderbilt
Oct. 29 at Tennessee
Nov. 5 at Arkansas
Nov. 12 Florida
Nov. 19 Clemson

Vanderbilt Schedule
Sept. 1 at Wake Forest, W 24-20
Sept. 10 at Arkansas, W 28-24
Sept. 17 Ole Miss, W 31-23
Sept. 24 Richmond, W 37-14
Oct. 1 Middle Tennessee, L 17-15
Oct. 8 LSU, L 34-6
Oct. 15 Georgia, L 34-17
Oct. 22 at South Carolina
Nov. 5 at Florida
Nov. 12 Kentucky
Nov. 19 at Tennessee




Projected South Carolina Starters

OFFENSE

WR 13 Syvelle Newton (6-0, 214 Jr.)
WR 4 Sidney Rice (6-4, 191 R-Fr.)
LT 78 Jabari Levey (6-6, 316 Sr.)
LG 54 Freddy Saint-Preux (6-5, 314 Sr.)
C 60 Chris White (6-3, 310 Jr.)
RG 70 Na'Shan Goddard (6-5, 304 Sr.)
RT 77 Jamon Meredith (6-4, 275 So.)
TE 83 Carson Askins (6-2, 229 Jr.)
QB 12 Blake Mitchell (6-3, 194 So.)
FB 32 Daccus Turman (5-11, 229 Sr.)
TB 25 Mike Davis (5-9, 209, Fr.)
DEFENSE

DE 41 Jordin Lindsey (6-3, 231 So.)
DT 98 Chris Tucker (6-1, 288 Sr.)
NT 55 Stanley Doughty (6-1, 328 So.)
DE 51 Orus Lambert (6-2, 247 Sr.)
OLB 48 Lance Laury (6-2, 235 Sr.)
MLB 40 Dustin Lindsey (6-3 215, So.)
OLB 44 Mike West (6-0, 211 Jr.)
CB 8 Fred Bennett (6-1, 194 Jr.)
ROV 10 Ko Simpson (6-1, 201 So.)
FS 33 Chris Hampton (5-11, 186 So.)
CB 23 Tremaine Tyler (5-10, 184 Sr.)

South Carolina Roster

Projected Vanderbilt Starters

OFFENSE

WR 2 Erik Davis (6-1, 192 Sr.)
WR 82 Marlon White (6-4, 205 Jr.)
QB 6 Jay Cutler (6-4, 228 Sr.)
TB 21 Jeff Jennings (6-1, 228 So.)
or
22 Cassen Jackson (6-1, 220 So.)
FB 17 Steven Bright (6-4, 236 Jr.)
LT 62 Ryan King (6-7, 315 Sr.)
LG 74 Chris Williams (6-7, 307, So.)
C 77 Trey Holloway (6-2, 290 Sr.)
RG 78 Josh Eames (6-5, 304 So.)
RT 72 Brian Stamper (6-5, 292 Jr.)
TE 84 Dustin Dunning (6-5, 250 Sr.)
DEFENSE

DE 4 Herdley Harrison (6-3, 254 Sr.)
DT 94 Ray Brown (6-3, 295, Jr.) OR
95 Ralph McKenzie (6-4, 310 Sr.)
DT 98 Lamar Divens (6-4, 305 So.)
DE 46 Chris Booker (6-4, 252 Sr.)
WLB 40 Kevin Joyce (6-3, 220 Jr.)
MLB 47 Jonathan Goff (6-4, 240 So.)
SLB 30 Moses Osemwegie (6-0, 228 Sr.)
CB 36 Andrew Pace (6-1, 200 Sr.)
SS 33 Reshard Langford (6-2, 215 Fr.)
FS 12 Kelechi Ohanaja (6-1, 192 Sr.)
CB 14 Josh Allen (5-9, 174 Fr.)

Vanderbilt Roster

Statistics Comparision

CategoryVandySouth Carolina
Scoring Offense 22.624.8
Scoring Defense 23.6 25.5
Total Offense 382.1 316.2
Rushing Offense 142.7 78.5
Passing Offense 239.4 237.7
Total Defense 391.9352.0
Rushing Defense 155.0188.7
Passing Defense236.9163.3

VandyMania Prediction

All SEC road games are tough and this one won't be any different for the Commodores. Expect Vandy to come out on top though. I look for VU to get their offense going early and take the crowd out of the game. The bend but don't break defense will do its job. Jay Cutler won't have as many passing yards in this game (probably 180-210) because he won't need it. One of Vanderbilt's running backs will get 100 yards rushing and the team will have over 200 yards rushing. As long as Vandy doesn't have stupid mistakes and beat themselves they should be able to come out with win number 5. Vandy fans can relax and get ready to make their bowl plans.

South Carolina 21
Vanderbilt 31

Other Links:

Stadium information
Official South Carolina Site
Scout.com South Carolina Site
Official Vanderbilt Site
Scout.com Vanderbilt Site
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