South Carolina vs. NC State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the South Carolina vs. NC State fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
South Carolina (0-0) vs. NC State (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time: 3:00 pm ET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Is South Carolina ready to make a big move up in a winnable SEC East? This is the game to show that it’s going to be a player.
Is NC State ready to make some noise and be a pain in everyone’s side in the ACC? This is the game to show that it might just be this year’s Louisville.
Both programs come into the season looking far better than they were last season, but with different expectations and pressures.
Will Muschamp is trying to build the Gamecock program back up to the level it hit when Steve Spurrier was doing his thing, while Dave Doeren – after likely saving his job with a great second half of last year – needs to win this, or potentially be on a hot seat.
And then there’s the my-conference-is–better-than-your-conference factor.
For those ACC chest-thumpers out there, this is the type of midlevel team vs. midlevel team win you need to have – and vice versa with the SEC.
One Reason Why South Carolina Will Win
The South Carolina offense should be a whole lot better – even if it doesn’t happen right away against the fantastic NC State defense. At the very least, the potential is there to be more efficient.
Ten starters are back led by QB Jake Bentley and all of his top receivers. That doesn’t necessarily mean the attack will explode, but unlike last season, there’s a whole lot more for the coaching staff to work with.
Last year, part of the problem was simply scoring. The defense would do its job – Kentucky game, Texas A&M, Florida – but the offense couldn’t do its job. This year, the defense and style should keep the scores down, and the O has the experience to take advantage of its chances.
Forget about putting up 40 points on the board, but this should be a low-scoring game. USC will never be out of it.
One Reason Why NC State Will Win
Defensive pressure, defensive pressure, defensive pressure. (Okay, three reasons.)
South Carolina has a veteran O line returning with plenty of upside and talent, but it’s also coming off a disastrous season allowing 41 sacks and 102 tackles for loss.
South Carolina, meet Bradley Chubb.
The Wolfpack defensive front should be among the best in the country, with the size inside to anchor the veteran D, and Chubb and the ends a consistent terror in the backfield.
In all, eight starters return for the Wolfpack defense that should be able to keep the pedestrian Gamecock O from finding anything that consistently works.
What’s Going To Happen
This is when NC State makes everyone start to notice just how good it is, and just what the ACC will have to deal with.
South Carolina will be solid. The defense will keep this close, but the offense will sputter and cough in key stretches – the Gamecocks won’t take advantage of their chances.
It might not be a thing of beauty, but the Wolfpack will take it.
South Carolina vs. NC State Prediction
Final Score: NC State 26, South Carolina 16
Line: NC State -6, o/u: 48.5
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