In the history of trap games, there may have never been a bigger one than South Carolina will play Saturday.
The No. 17 Gamecocks are coming off their biggest win in school history (apologies to the 1969 ACC title team). The two games after this are the team’s most hated rival and then the first SEC Championship Game in school history, but up first is Troy, which just gave up 52 points to Florida International.
We’ve already covered the fact that the Gamecocks have a history of playing down to their opponents in games like this even when there is not as much history on the horizon. However, the bookmakers in Las Vegas think South Carolina is better than that these days, and I agree. The Gamecocks (7-3) are a 22-point favorite against the Trojans (5-4).
Speaking of history, expect South Carolina to make a little more Saturday.
The Gamecocks have never had a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same season. Sophomore wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has already reached that mark with 1,087 yards. Freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore needs just 36 more yards to get to 1,000.
There is no doubt in my mind at least that he’ll get that early Saturday before taking a well-deserved breather in the second half as South Carolina cruises to a 38-14 win.