Entering Saturday, there are four winless teams in the SEC. All four reside in the conference’s Eastern Division, but after the South Carolina Gamecocks and Vanderbilt Commodores collide, one team will emerge from the pack in the cellar with a victory next to their name. The only question left to find out is, well, who the hell is it going to be?
That Hurricane Delta is heading towards Nashville probably throws a wrench into what these teams are capable of. The rain and winds expected in the afternoon are likely to make this one a bit sloppy. Though with that being said, I’m pretty intrigued to see how each of these teams play after such skittish starts.
While Vanderbilt got whooped by the LSU Tigers last week, their Week 1 showing against the Texas A&M Aggies was interesting to say the least. Simply because they were able to compete and hang around against an Aggies team that plenty had pretty reasonable expectations for. What is certain is that the offense has just not been good. Ken Seals has been porous to start off, and on the whole they have really, really sputtered. Vandy’s defense hasn’t been particularly great, and even with the Aggies’ mere 17 points, they cut them up in total yards and yards per play on that night.
South Carolina has gotten poor luck out of the gate. They played a very stout Tennessee Volunteers team in Week 1, and then last week were tasked with facing Kyle Trask, Kyle Pitts and the high-flying Florida Gators. As you might expect, things didn’t break their way either team in the win column. But that being said, they’re still playing rather well, especially on offense.The defense needs to get to where they were expected to be still, but the kinks can definitely still be worked out. And well, in the case of Vanderbilt, this can serve as a “get right” game for them.
I really do not mean to be so harsh on Vanderbilt, but their offense has been far too meager to expect anything of note here against what is a pretty quality 0-2 squad in South Carolina.
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TV: SEC Network
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Spread: South Carolina -13.5
I’d probably stay away from this one, as the weather may make this a bit of a hectic affair. The under 41.5 may be your best bet in that case, but this one’s a toughie to gauge honestly.