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Battle of the Carolinas: North Carolina v.s. South Carolina

By on August 29th, 2013

South Carolina has been in the news all summer it seems like.

The Jadeveon Clowney “The Hit” craze has been plastered all over SportsCenter, his Heisman odds and his potential draft stock.

And tonight, the sixth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks will finally showcase their talent when they square off against North Carolina Tar Heels at 6.

It’s the first time since 2006 that the teams will face off, and in that game, USC defeated UNC 21-15. The Gamecocks should have no trouble defeating the Tar Heels tonight.

USC is coming off back-to-back 11-2 seasons, something that hasn’t been done in program history. And it helps when you have a Heisman candidate in Jadeveon Clowney anchoring your defense.

Former Florida coach and current South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier says he is excited to get the season rolling along.

Tonight’s matchup will be a good test for where the South Carolina defense stacks up.

North Carolina has an up-tempo offense and brings back veteran quarterback Bryn Renner who has thrown 54 touchdowns the past two seasons.

In comparison, USC’s receiving corps are suffering. Receiver Bruce Ellington and tight end Rory Anderson have gone down with injuries and Ace Sanders was lost to the NFL Draft.

Spurrier says some receivers have shown some promise in camp.

Another question mark for the Gamecocks comes at the running back position. Mike Davis seems to have a grasp on the starting role, but he only carried the ball 52 times last season as a freshman. On a positive note, Davis averaged 5.3 yards per carry.

South Carolina is a favorite to win the game at home.



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