COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina State (1-2) at South Carolina (2-2), Thursday, 7 p.m. ET (TV TBD)
Line: No line.
Series report: South Carolina leads 2-0
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
South Carolina hopes to win back-to-back video games in the identical season for the primary time since coach Shane Beamer’s first two video games main this system in 2021. A win for South Carolina State can be an incredible upset and the Bulldogs first win over an FCS group.
South Carolina RB MarShawn Lloyd vs. South Carolina State’s protection. Lloyd ran for a career-high 169 yards and three touchdowns final week within the 56-20 win over Charlotte. Look for the Gamecocks to stick to the bottom to acquire some confidence earlier than leaping again into the Southeastern Conference at No. 7 Kentucky on Oct. 8. The Bulldogs are final within the MEAC, giving up 257 yards speeding a sport this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
South Carolina State: LB B.J. Davis leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and is tied for sixth within the FCS with 33 tackles. He was named MEAC linebacker of the week after notching 17 tackles, together with 12 solo stops, within the Bulldogs’ loss to North Carolina A&T final week.
South Carolina: QB Spencer Rattler discovered his footing towards Charlotte, throwing for 187 yards on 17-of-23 passing. Look for the Gamecocks to flip him free extra usually this week with the Bulldogs permitting 217 yards and two TD passes a sport this season.
FACTS & FIGURES
South Carolina has misplaced three video games to FCS opponents in its historical past, the final coming to The Citadel, 23-20, in 2015 after Steve Spurrier resigned midseason. … South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough was a former Gamecocks assistant below Brad Scott and Lou Holtz earlier than taking on the Bulldogs in 2002. … Pough is the varsity’s all-time chief in victories with a 144. … South Carolina scored on their first eight possessions within the win over Charlotte, probably the most factors produced in Shane Beamer’s two seasons as coach. … South Carolina State will obtain $500,000 for coming to Williams-Brice Stadium. … It may very well be a soggy Saturday as the sport is probably going to be impacted by Hurricane Ian’s rainfall, forecast to transfer inland by means of the Southeast and attain the Palmetto State by the weekend.
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