WHO: Vanderbilt (3-0) at No. 12 South Carolina (3-0)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium
LINE: USC by 16
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Just the facts
SERIES RECORD: South Carolina leads 16-4
LAST MEETING: South Carolina won 21-7 last season in Nashville
CURRENT STREAK: South Carolina has won two in a row
What to know
- A victory would give USC four wins to open the season for the third time in seven seasons under Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks opened 4-0 in 2007 and ’10.
- Spurrier is 16-2 all time against Vanderbilt, including 4-2 at USC. He was 10-0 against the Commodores at Florida and 2-0 at Duke.
- A victory would give Stephen Garcia his 20th win as a starting quarterback, tying him with Steve Taneyhill for second on the Gamecocks’ all-time list. Only Todd Ellis (24) has more.
Out: CB Akeem Auguste (foot), WR Jason Barnes (hamstring). Doubtful: OT Cody Gibson (knee). Probable: DL Kelcy Quarles (concussion), WR D.L. Moore (shoulder, ankle).
South Carolina punt returner Ace Sanders vs. Vanderbilt punter Richard Kent
About Sanders: Sanders became the first Gamecock in eight years to return a kick for a score when he took a punt 68 yards against East Carolina in the opener.
How He’ll Win: Sanders needs to regain the momentum and confidence he had after that first punt return.
Key Number, 1: Since his score, Sanders has been able to return one kick for 5 yards.
About Kent: Kent punted 84 times last year, the most in the nation. All that practice has paid off; he is averaging 43.9 yards per punt.
How He’ll Win: Kent needs to concentrate on not outkicking his coverage, which would give Sanders time to settle into a return.
Key Number, 51.8: Kent’s average on four punts last week against Mississippi. He had two kicks of longer than 60 yards.