South Carolina vs Eastern Illinois prediction and game preview.
South Carolina vs Eastern Illinois Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 4
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
Network: ESPN+/ SEC Network
South Carolina (0-0) vs Eastern Illinois (0-1) Game Preview
Why Eastern Illinois Will Win
The Panthers might have lost their Week 0 opener to Indiana State, but they at least got in a little experience. They fought back late, but ended up losing 26-21 because of three turnovers.
Obviously that’s part of the deal, but take away the three mistakes and Eastern Illinois pulls it off thanks to the defense that held the Sycamores to 245 yards.
The Panthers didn’t allow much of anything through the air, the passing game worked, and they’ll have to keep bombing away against the Gamecocks because …
Why South Carolina Will Win
Eastern Illinois won’t be able to run against the South Carolina defensive front.
There might be a bit of an overhaul being done under the new coaching staff, but the line has the bulk and the rotation to hold up without a problem. Be stunned if the Panthers are anywhere close to three yards per carry.
Indiana State averaged close to five yards per carry against the EIU D – granted, a bulk of the production came on one big dash – and South Carolina’s rotation of running backs will go off. They need to because …
What’s Going To Happen
This is all about the South Carolina passing game.
Winning this won’t be a problem – the Gamecock lines will take over – but can the O throw without Luke Doty around? The projected starter is out with a banged up foot, and it could be a bit before he’s back – welcome to the Zeb Noland era. There’s this, then East Carolina, and then comes the SEC opener against Georgia.
Jason Brown will likely get the first look in a deep group of backup options, but it’ll be the rotation of backs Kevin Harris and MarShawn Lloyd that put this away after a few drives.
South Carolina vs Eastern Illinois Prediction, Line
South Carolina 52, Eastern Illinois 13
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