Check out the South Carolina vs. East Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
South Carolina vs. East Carolina Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Game Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
Network: SEC Network
Can East Carolina keep the momentum going after its big win over NC State for a 2-0 start to the season? Can South Carolina bounceback after losing to Mississippi State?
The Gamecock offense hasn’t shown anything yet in the Will Muschamp era, struggling to get the ground attack moving and averaging just 275.5 yards per game. It worked just enough – saved by the defense – to save the day against Vanderbilt, but it wasn’t enough to come back in the loss at Mississippi State.
Can true freshman QB Brandon McIlwain start to add more flash to the attack after coming up with two scoring passes and taking off a bit? He’ll need to with the East Carolina offense rolling.
Minnesota transfer Philip Nelson has been on fire to start the season, hitting 81% of his passes for 695 yards and six scores with a pick with a rushing score. But the USC pass defense has been nasty enough to keep everything in front of the secondary – ECU will have to run the ball effectively to win. It won’t be able to do it.
It’ll matter that it’s the South Carolina home opener. The offense won’t explode, but finally, the power running game will work a little bit against the soft ECU defensive front.
South Carolina vs. East Carolina Prediction
Final Score: South Carolina 27, East Carolina 20
Line: South Carolina -3.5, o/u: 50
ATS Confidence: 5: Vegas, Now – 1: Talk To Wife … 1
Must See Rating: 5: Hell or High Water – 1: This Is Us … 3