Monday, August 25, 2008
South Carolina-North Carolina State Prediction
South Carolina vs North Carolina State
Thur, Aug 28
Line: SC -550, -12, 47.5
We get our first ACC vs SEC matchup of the season in week 1. South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier may have his most talented team yet in Columbia with 10 starters returning on defense. NC State looks to build off the second half of 2007 where they won four of their final six.
Keys to the game:
1. New QBs, New Results?
Both teams will feature new starting QBs. South Carolina will have Tommy Beecher and NC State will have redshirt freshman Russell Wilson. Beecher has more experience than Wilson so expect Beecher to make less mistakes. If both struggle, the Gamecocks have better backups.
2. Defensive Leaders
A Spurrier team led by their defense? Sounds kind of odd, but with 10 returning starters from last year, Carolina's defense will likely help out the offense early on. A weakness from last year was stopping the run so look to see how improved the run D is for a good meauring stick of their defense.
3. QB Contain
Don't expect Beecher to run much, but a big reason why State HC Tom O'Brien chose Wilson at QB was because of his dual threat ability. The young Wilson may get some happy feet in the pocket and take off a little early until he gets comfortable. South Carolina must make sure to keep an eye on the redshirt freshman.
Spurrier has been trying to keep expectations down this year, but many are calling this his best team yet. I like O'Brien as a coach, but he still has a ways to go in his rebuilding efforts at State. South Carolina busts this game open in the second half.
South Carolina 28 NC State 14
South Carolina Wins, Covers, Under
Tuesday: Georgia-Georgia So, LSU-App State