Why Virginia Will Win The Belk Bowl
– Keep … the chains … moving. Take South Carolina out of its rhythm, keep the offense off the field, and out-Gamecock and Gamecocks. That comes from third down conversions, and only NC State was better at getting them. The Cavs converted over 47% of their chances on the season as it all works into the Bronco Ball scheme.
Control the clock, control the action, and control the game, keeping the ball for close to 32 points per game. Only two teams were worse than South Carolina in the time of possession battle, keeping the ball for 25:34 a game.
– Yeah, the South Carolina passing game is working, and yeah, the Virginia secondary has had its issues at times, but the interceptions should be there. The Gamecocks have been way too loose with the mistakes, giving the ball away 12 times, throwing eight in the five losses and four in the seven wins. The Cavaliers have picked off 15 throws on the year with two or more six times, going 5-1 in those games.
– The Cavaliers do a whole lot of things well defensively, but they’re not great at getting behind the line with just 57 tackles for loss on the season. The South Carolina offense might not be doing enough for the running game on a regular basis, but it held up reasonably well throughout the SEC season and didn’t allow too much happening behind the line. Give Bentley and the backfield time to work, and they’ll go off.