Alabama Crimson Tide vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Game Preview

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On paper, this one’s over before it started. South Carolina’s loss to North Carolina in Week 1 initiated chaos for the program. Things settled down with a 72-10 win last week, but now they face the Alabama Crimson Tide. All Alabama’s done is outscore their opponents 104-17 in two weeks. Nick Saban’s teams can now score at will in addition to playing suffocating defense. South Carolina finds themselves in need of a quarterback who can provide consistency, which doesn’t bode well against the Tide. The two biggest questions become if Alabama scores more than 50 and if South Carolina can even get to double digits.

How to watch: CBS
Start time: 2:30pm CT
Line: Alabama -26
Location: Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC)


Alabama Crimson Tide keys to the game

  • Keep Tua upright
  • Dominate line of scrimmage
  • Live in South Carolina’s backfield

South Carolina Gamecocks keys to the game

  • Keep quarterback alive
  • Limit Bama’s receivers explosiveness
  • Jump out to early lead

Alabama Crimson Tide players to watch

WR Jerry Jeudy (240 yards rec., 4 TD)
CB Patrick Surtain II (2 PD, 1 INT)
QB Tua Tagovailoa (563 yards passing, 7 TD – 0 INT)

South Carolina Gamecocks players to watch

QB Ryan Hilinski (282 yards passing, 2 TD – 1 INT)
RB Tavien Feaster (136 yards, 1 TD)
LB TJ Brunson (13 tackles)

Why the Alabama Crimson Tide win

The road to revenge is off to a great start, and South Carolina won’t get in the way of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s goal. Outside of a few teams, this section could say “because they’re the better team” and that would summarize everything well. Alabama wins because Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy are one of the best duos in college football, and there are three other studs behind Jeudy if the Gamecocks take him away. The offense can beat anyone by themselves, but the Tide also still have an elite defense. That adds up to a win quickly.

Why South Carolina wins

Believe it or not, South Carolina won the most recent matchup between the two teams in 2010. The biggest key will be limiting the above duo, and keeping their own quarterback off the ground. Ryan Hilinski takes over for the injured Jake Bentley, and his second start is against a dynasty. Everyone in a South Carolina jersey knows they have their hands full with the Crimson Tide player lining up across from them. Jumping out to an early lead will give them a chance, and stunning the Tide early might be their only chance of winning (or at least hanging around).

Prediction

Like we said, it’s tough to imagine a scenario where South Carolina’s competitive in this one, but that’s why you play the games. South Carolina’s not off to a great start, and the Tide are playing like a team on a mission. ALABAMA 49 SOUTH CAROLINA 17

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