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Vanderbilt quarterback Chris Nickson looks for room in the second quarter during the Gamecocks game against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium on Thursday.
Vanderbilt quarterback Chris Nickson looks for room in the second quarter during the Gamecocks game against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium on Thursday. The State

South Carolina needed Erik Kimrey last weekend.

Kimrey is coaching at Hammond these days, but no doubt can still throw the fade.

Stephen Garcia could not throw the fade – or complete it, anyway – in last week’s loss at Alabama. But it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

It’s worth noting that Alabama’s second-string corner is a senior who had played in more than 40 games, unlike the Kentucky true freshman who was victimized by Alshon Jeffery while subbing for Trevard Lindley.

But Garcia and the rest of the Gamecocks will find the end zone against Vanderbilt, which has returned to being the Vandy your older brother knew and loved beating up on. The ‘Dores are 0-4 in the SEC, and that December bowl “trip” to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl seems like a distant memory.

Here’s hoping Vandy, which didn’t get to leave Nashville after earning its first bowl bid in 26 years, at least enjoyed a night or two at the Gaylord Hotel.

The ‘Dores have done some traveling this year, going from Baton Rouge, La., to West Point, N.Y., in an unsuccessful search for their offense.

Vandy did not score an offensive touchdown against Army, which does not say much for Commodores QB Larry Smith, but bodes well for our country’s future.

Of course, no one outside of Bobby Johnson’s family thought Vandy was going to beat USC the last two years, either, and Johnson, a dead ringer for funny-man Steve Martin, had the last laugh.

Steve Spurrier said this week he has only thrown his visor once this year – and that was during a win against Kentucky. If the HBC loses to Vandy a third year in a row, it will look like a giveaway promotion, with visors flying all over Williams-Brice Stadium.

But hold on to your hats, Gamecock fans – Vandy’s two-year reign over USC will end Saturday. As long as Garcia and the offense can manage a couple touchdowns – via the fade or otherwise – the Gamecocks’ defense is too fast and athletic for the ‘Dores to mount much of a threat.

Of course, we said the same thing last year, too. And the year before that. This time we mean it.

USC 27, Vandy 10

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