The South Carolina Gamecocks handily defeated Eastern Illinois in Week 1. Now they’ll move on to a more competitive opponent, as the Gamecocks will tee up against ECU on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates suffered a 33-19 defeat to Appalachian State last Thursday, so they’ll be out for some revenge. ECU will host this one, as we’ll get a rare instance of an SEC team traveling to face a team from the American. These teams haven’t faced each other since 2016, and South Carolina hasn’t made the trip to ECU since all the way back in 1997.
How to watch South Carolina vs. ECU
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Spread: South Carolina -2 | ECU +2
Moneyline: South Carolina -125 | ECU +105
This matchup will prove pretty interesting. Neither South Carolina nor ECU is expected to make much noise this year, but both are looking to follow up performances from Week 1. For different reasons, of course. SC is hoping to gain more momentum while ECU is looking to rip some back away.
Zeb Noland remains listed as the starting QB for South Carolina. But there’s an “OR” next to sophomore Luke Doty’s name, so we could see him for the first time this season.
Despite the loss, ECU QB Holton Ahlers more than held his own. He went 22-for-40 for 295 yards and tossed two touchdowns to Keaton Mitchell and Ryan Jones. The SC pass defense naturally didn't let much get by them from EIU, but they’ll have a sturdier test in the form of Ahlers.
We’ll know a lot more about South Carolina in this matchup versus what happened last week. Should they gain a road win over ECU, which they are favored to do currently, then they’ll be off to a good start. Should they slip up, well, things will turn slightly sour for the Gamecocks, at least for a couple of days.