Head to head: Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina

Next up for Vanderbilt is South Carolina. VandyMania.com compares different critical team areas of Vanderbilt and South Carolina and indicates which team has the edge.

Vanderbilt
AREA
South Carolina
COMMENTS
EVEN  
Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
South Carolina rushing defense
EVEN  
Vanderbilt, led by quarterack Chris Nickson, piled up 269 yards rushing last week at Miami (Ohio). The Gamecocks defense limited the N.C. State Wolfpack to just 89.0 yards rushing offense in their opener.  
 
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
South Carolina passing defense
X  
Not much passing last week at Miami (Ohio) for Vandy. However, Chris Nickson was effective and completed 9 of 16 passes for 91 yards. USC held N.C. State to just 49 yards total yards and two interceptions in their openter last week.  
X  
South Carolina rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
 
Veteran running back Mike Davis gained 101 yards in his 2008 debut last week. The Gamecocks boast an experienced offensive line. Vanderbilt's defense held Miami to just 91 yards. Vanderbilt redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Marve had 6 tackles in his college debut.  
EVEN  
South Carolina passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
EVEN  
Vanderbilt's passing defense, led by All-SEC pick and native South Carolian D.J. Moore, is considered one of the SEC's best, however, they allowed the RedHawks to pass for 244 yards whle nabbing 3 interceptions. South Carolina struggled early with their passing game last week but later recovered and finished with 198 yards passing after Chris Smelley entered the game.  
EVEN  
Special Teams
EVEN  
Vanderbilt's Bryant Hahnfeldt made 2 of 2 field goals last week including one from 42-yards out. Vandy special teams were solid in their opener. Vandy's Moore had a 91-yard punt return. South Carolina's Spencer Lanning averaged 45-yards per punt last week. Ryan Succop made 2 of 2 field goals for the Gamecocks in their opener.  
 
Coaching
X  
Steve Spurrier has dominated Vanderbilt through his career at Duke, Florida and now at South Carolina. However, Bobby Johnson picked up Vanderbilt's first win versus Spurrier last year in Columbia.  

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