1. SOUTH CAROLINA WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
It’s unfortunate that South Carolina should have a few better team in several ways, and it should be the best and deepest squad yet under Will Muschamp, and there won’t be a whole lot to show for it.
The Gamecocks have the veteran passer in Jake Bentley who’s been through all the SEC wars. They have a terrific receiving corps, a veteran backfield, and a rising, good-looking O line.
The defensive front doesn’t have any household name stars, but it’s going to be terrific. The linebacking corps is deep, the secondary is promising, and the kicking game is among the best in the SEC.
And then there’s the schedule. This is a ten-win team wrapped in a schedule that screams .500 with just one bad loss.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 7
Yes, Alabama and Clemson are coming to Williams-Brice, but they’re still Alabama and Clemson. Florida and Kentucky are home games, too, but going to Georgia, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Missouri won’t be easy.
Throw in the November dates against Vanderbilt and even Appalachian State – there’s no room for a brain cramp against either one – and the opener against North Carolina, and there are just enough decent battles to be annoying.