on September 1, 2007 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

South Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette advantages

Quarterback

Neither team has the ideal situation as USC starts a red-shirt freshmen and UL-L puts an “athlete” under center. But Carolina’s starter was a four-star player out of high school and the SEC talent is better than the Sun Belt.

Advantage: USC

Running back

Cory Boyd and Mike Davis are one of the best duos in the south, but Tyrell Fenroy is the first player in Ragin’ Cajun history to post two 1,000 yard seasons in career. However there isn’t much behind Fenroy.

Advantage: USC

Wide receiver:

Kenny McKinley is the best receiver from either team with over 800 yards. The question lies in how well the freshman receivers step up as UL-L goes 12 deep before hitting a true freshman.

Advantage: USC

Offensive line

Talent shouldn’t be a problem for the Gamecocks it just depends on how quickly the line gels together. Louisiana-Lafayette is just as, if not more, inconsistent and not nearly as deep.

Advantage: USC

Run defense

The front wall for the Gamecocks is a run-stopping machine with plenty of strength up front and an abundance of linebackers ready to go. Jasper Brinkley is one of the nation’s best-run stoppers.

Advantage: USC

Pass defense

Even without Emanuel Cook, Carolina still has better talent and ball hawking skills. The Top returning pick man for the Ragin’ Cajuns finished with two interceptions last fall.

Advantage: USC

Special teams:

Ryan Succop is one of the best kickers in America and if Spurrier’s idea to use the speedy Captain Munnerlyn as a return man works, the offense should get field position.

Advantage: USC

The Bottom Line

This game will be a great opportunity for players still trying to prove themselves to the coaching staff. Carolina should walk away with this game despite the controversy surrounding the team this week.