1. NO LETDOWNS
While South Carolina hasn’t been a team that could afford to overlook anybody this year, the win at Florida restored hope that the Gamecocks can salvage a pretty decent season. That would all disappear – again – if they somehow let South Alabama win this game.
Mike Davis needs 125 yards to notch his second straight 1,000-yard season, which would also make him the only man not named George Rogers to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons at USC. Dylan Thompson needs 412 yards to have the finest passing season in school history. At least one of those can be accomplished in the last home game.
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Each team has intercepted five balls, and each team has had trouble throwing interceptions, with USA’s quarterbacks combining for nine and Thompson tossing 10. Defensive backs might have a fun day Saturday.
4. KEEP IT UP
USC’s defense played its best game of the year against Florida, but it’s the same unit that somehow allowed Furman to rush for over 200 yards. The Gamecocks need to be as good as they were in Gainesville – if nothing else, to give them confidence that they can do it next week.
5. TWO STRAIGHT
USC special teams have been notorious for having awful games the week after good games. The Gamecocks blocked a field goal and a punt last week. If they give up a long return or get something blocked against South Alabama ...