Alabama vs. South Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Alabama vs. South Carolina Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 14
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
Alabama (2-0) at South Carolina (1-1) Game Preview
Why Alabama Will Win
It took one quarter against Duke to get up and rolling, and there hasn’t been the slightest blip since.
The Bama offense has been every bit as brutally efficient and devastating as it was before the end of last season – it’s a finely-tuned machine that’s toying with teams again.
South Carolina is better than Duke and New Mexico State, but it’s not doing enough on third downs, there’s no ball control – the Gamecocks are last among SEC teams so far in time of possession – and the secondary is getting hit by too many big plays.
North Carolina’s Sam Howell averaged over ten yards per throw, and Charleston Southern quarterbacks were at least able to dink and dunk a wee bit.
Tua Tagovailoa is getting the ball out of his hands even quicker this season, his receivers are doing an even better job of taking short passes a long way, and the running game hasn’t even started to get Najee Harris and Brian Robinson rolling.
It’s going to take a dynamic offense with a slew of great playmakers to hang with this team, and as good as Ryan Hilinski is supposed to be, he’s a freshman quarterback playing in his second game.
Why South Carolina Will Win
The offensive line hasn’t been too bad so far. The running game came up with almost 500 yards against Charleston Southern, the pass protection has been fine, and while it was a tune-up game, Hilinski looked fantastic in his first game for an injured Jake Bentley.
It’s going to take a whole slew of mistakes by the Tide and a razor-sharp performance from South Carolina to make this a fight. Mostly, it’s going to be about giving Hilinski time to work.
Alabama has the talent up front to get behind the line, but it’s not creating a whole slew of tackles for loss so far. New Mexico State was able to run a wee bit without getting totally stuffed, and South Carolina has the backs to give Hilinski a wee bit of a break.
More than anything else, the USC secondary has to be able to hold up, and the linebackers have to get in on keeping the short passes from turning into backbreaking home runs. The Gamecocks have the linebackers, and the secondary is actually starting to pick of a few passes.
What’s Going To Happen
Sort of shockingly, these two programs have only played 15 times, with the last meeting in 2010 – a 35-21 South Carolina win that was one of the worst losses in the Nick Saban era before a little debacle in Santa Clara.
South Carolina has been an easy punching bag after its loss to North Carolina to kick things off, but there’s just enough talent to give Bama a little bit of a fight. The Gamecocks have athletes and SEC skill, but they don’t have the depth and they don’t have the NFL skill parts to keep up the pace.
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Alabama vs. South Carolina Prediction, Line
Alabama 44, South Carolina 17
Line: Alabama -25, o/u: 60
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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