Who: No. 9 South Carolina (0-0) vs. Vanderbilt (0-0)
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium (40,350)
TV: ESPN with Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack
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Radio: WNKT-FM 107.5 with Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Langston Moore
Satellite Radio: Sirius/XM 91
Line: South Carolina by 7
Just the facts
Series record: South Carolina leads 17-4
Last meeting: South Carolina won 21-7 in Columbia
Current streak: South Carolina has won three in a row
South Carolina: Out: RB Brandon Wilds (ankle), RB Shon Carson (wrist), CB Akeem Auguste (leg).
The Week in Quotes
... “Jimmy (Legree) is long, he’s got good hips. In most cases he has great hands, but he hasn’t caught the ball very well these last few days. You can’t teach length. You can’t teach great hips. I think he’ll do a good job.” – Secondary coach Grady Brown said after Legree took over for the injured Akeem Auguste
... “I feel pretty good about myself. I feel if I can break long runs in practice against our defense then I think those are things I should be able to do against other teams because we have one of the best defenses in the SEC. I think I’ll be ready.” – Freshman running back Mike Davis, who is third string after injuries to Brandon Wilds (ankle) and Shon Carson (wrist)
... “I trust in our secondary and Coach (Lorenzo) Ward does or else he wouldn’t be planning on bringing as much pressure as he is. We all trust in each other. We know the person next to us is going to do their job.” – Senior spur DeVonte Holloman, asked if the secondary can cover well enough for Ward to blitz often
... “They feel good about themselves, and they should. They went a bowl last year. When you’re at Vandy and you go to a bowl, that’s like Duke going to a bowl. That’s a big deal to go to a bowl. Used to be a big deal around here, remember that?” – Coach Steve Spurrier on Vanderbilt’s turnaround
What Vegas says
South Carolina is favored by seven points.
“This was one of the games that went up on the offshore books in early February because it was the best game on the opening night pretty much, and it climbed as high as 10.5. South Carolina was as much as a 10.5-point favorite at one point. Well, then, once that line got posted and all the guys that make the lines move, we are talking the big players here, they grabbed Vanderbilt plus the 10.5. When Vegas came out with their lines later in the spring, suddenly it was down to like seven and 6.5 so you can see the how much money came early on Vanderbilt that made that line drop all the way down to 6.5 or seven where it is now.” – Gaming industry journalist David Purdum