If patterns mean anything, South Carolina is due a win Saturday.
The Gamecocks have alternated wins and losses since starting the SEC season and stand at 2-2, which surprisingly is good enough for first place in the Eastern Division. Of course, if Vanderbilt beats South Carolina, the Commodores will have at least a share of the division lead. Doesn’t speak very highly of the division does it?
But that’s not the Gamecocks’ concern. All they are worried about is snapping a seven-game SEC road losing streak.
“I have been on some teams that have been on road skids, but they were not good football teams and we were not winning consistently at home either,” said Ellis Johnson, South Carolina’s assistant head coach for defense. “The thing about this team is we play so well at home. There is nothing about the road that is causing it in my opinion. It’s just not finishing and getting things done down the stretch.”
The guess here is that South Carolina will get it done away from home. Vanderbilt is 97th in the country against the run so it shouldn’t matter if Marcus Lattimore or Kenny Miles is carrying the ball, and the Commodores’ passing game is not good enough to exploit the Gamecocks’ secondary like many people have done this year.
Las Vegas has established South Carolina as a 12.5-point favorite, and those guys usually know what they are talking about.
I’ve got the Gamecocks barely covering that in a 32-18 win.