Today, we are looking at how the USC defense stacks up against the rest of the SEC so far this year.
A defensive unit that was stellar last year is not living up to expectations so far this year.
The Gamecocks are 11th in the conference in total defense and pass defense, and are 8th in rush defense. They are also 12th in opponents completion percentage.
|Total YPG||Rush YPG||Pass YPG||Completion %|
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Though the USC defense is tied for 4th in the conference in number of turnovers, they are 11th in interceptions. However, they are tied for 2nd with Mississippi State in fumble recoveries and lead the conference in return yards per interception. They are also 3rd in the league in sacks.
The Gamecocks are 11th in the conference in opponents first downs and tied for 12th in the conference with Georgia in opponents third down conversion percentage. However, they lead the conference in fourth down conversion percentage and red zone scoring percentage.
|First downs||3rd down %||4th down %||Red zone %|
Though South Carolina’s defense has done very well in some areas, there is much room for improvement in others.