After an unexpected bye last week, the Gamecocks are heading up to Nashville for their first road game of the season. The Gamecocks looked great in the first game against a terrible opponent, and looked terrible 2 weeks ago against one of the top three teams in the country. There’s a lot of pessimism lingering around the program after the fans had to stew on the Georgia loss for an extra week. That doesn’t make a lot sense to me as the talent on this team is obvious. They may not be on the level of Georgia, but they’re sure a lot better across the board than Vanderbilt. This team will get a chance later tonight to prove they can beat the teams they’re supposed to beat.
The point spread has SC favored by 2.5 points, which makes sense given how close this series has been the past decade. Vamdy has always played SC close, but the Gamecocks are 23 - 4 against Vanderbilt and have won 9 straight. Vanderbilt is well-coached and has enough to stick around in this game, but I expect the Gamecocks to extend the streak to 10.
Prediction: USC 28 - Vanderbilt 17. Miss Teriyaki Chicken has it as USC 31 - Vanderbilt 28.
See highlights from last year’s game against Vandy below.