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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Preview and Predictions 09-14-2019


Alabama and South Carolina haven't played since 2010, and the last meeting wasn't the least bit fun for the Crimson Tide. The Gamecocks defeated then-No. 1 Alabama 35-21 nine years ago, and they look to post another upset when the No. 2 Crimson Tide visit town on Saturday.

Alabama coach Nick Saban was saltier than usual when the 2010 loss was brought up, and he made it clear it has nothing to do with the current players who take the field. "What year are we in now? 2019? Most of our guys were in grade school when that happened," Saban said at a news conference. "But what I remember from it is we got the lining kicked out of our britches. ... If they don't remember it, I don't know how it motivates them, but I know this is a tough place to play and we have a lot of respect for the team that we're playing." South Carolina is looking to make a statement when it takes the field with the Crimson Tide. "This is the measuring stick. We're excited," sophomore linebacker Ernest Jones told reporters. "You can tell the energy is there. We're ready to play. I'm excited. They are going to come to play so we're going to come to play, too."

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Alabama -25.5

ABOUT ALABAMA (2-0, 1-0 SEC): Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has completed 76.4 percent of his passes for 563 yards and seven touchdowns and hasn't been intercepted in 55 attempts. Junior wideout Jerry Jeudy is off to a ferocious start with 18 receptions for 240 yards and four touchdowns, and he moved into second place on the school's all-time list with 20 scoring receptions, trailing only Amari Cooper (31 from 2012-14). Junior safety Xavier McKinney has a team-best 14 tackles for a unit allowing averages of 6.5 points and 233 yards per game.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (1-1, 0-0): Senior quarterback Jake Bentley (foot) suffered a season-ending injury but freshman Ryan Hilinski looked sharp in his first career start by completing 24-of-30 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday's 72-10 drubbing of Charleston Southern. South Carolina rolled up a school-record 775 yards of total offense in the contest and is averaging 522.5 through two games. Jones and senior linebacker T.J. Brunson share the team lead with 13 tackles for a unit that has accumulated 14 tackles for loss and three interceptions in two games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Crimson Tide holds a 12-3 series edge over the Gamecocks.

2. South Carolina senior WR Bryan Edwards has 169 career receptions and is tied for third in school history with Sterling Sharpe (1983-87).

3. Alabama is 11-1 in SEC road openers under Saban.

Prediction

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Stadium

Williams-Brice Stadium
Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Capacity: 80,250

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south-carolina-gamecocks-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Ryan Hilinski 3 0 126.793 0 117 73 3 0 0 5 772
Dakereon Joyner 4 0 120.633 0 12 7 0 0 0 0 89
Jake Bentley 1 0 90.760 0 30 16 2 0 0 1 142
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Rico Dowdle 4 0 268 0 41 3
Tavien Feaster 4 0 183 0 35 1
Kevin Harris 1 0 147 0 6 3
Mon Denson 1 0 118 0 9 1
Dakereon Joyner 4 0 49 0 10 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Bryan Edwards 4 0 311 0 21 0 3
Shi Smith 4 0 190 0 16 0 1
Kyle Markway 4 0 172 0 14 0 2
Josh Vann 4 0 70 0 10 0 0
Nick Muse 3 0 52 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Ernest Jones 4 0 16 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
T.J. Brunson 4 0 16 13 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Israel Mukuamu 4 0 15 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
R.J. Roderick 4 0 14 9 0 0 1 3 0 1 8 1
J.T. Ibe 3 0 12 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Parker White 4 0 6 8 48 11 11
Will Tommie 1 0 0 0 0 5 4
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Shi Smith 4 0 7 0 60 162
Kyle Markway 4 0 2 0 6 11
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Ryan Hilinski 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Nick Muse 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Rico Dowdle 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Bryan Edwards 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Dakereon Joyner 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jake Bentley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Joseph Charlton 3 0 0 734 0 63 15 0 0
Kevin Harris 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Bryan Edwards 4 0 3 0 38 66
Josh Vann 4 0 2 0 22 24