South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 5th 2022

Stadium: Vanderbilt Stadium Nashville
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South Carolina and Vanderbilt are both coming off losses to Missouri, with each defeat exposing shortcomings with their offenses heading into their matchup on Saturday in Nashville.

South Carolina (5-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) lost 23-10 to Missouri at home last week, a week after Vanderbilt (3-5, 0-4) fell 17-14 on the road against the Tigers.

The Commodores, coming off a bye week, will host the Gamecocks after producing only 299 yards of total offense (57 rushing) vs. Missouri.

South Carolina's offense averaged 3.8 yards per play against Missouri, including 5.7 yards per pass attempt and a sack-adjusted 3.2 yards per carry.

Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler was sacked four times for 28 yards. He said after the game South Carolina's offense did not have a "good enough" idea of what to do offensively.

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer responded by saying, "I met with Spencer and we talked about that comment. I understood where he was coming from. We didn't go into that game uncertain about things. I'm aware Spencer said it, but he and I met on it and don't think it's an issue."

Vanderbilt's AJ Swann, the only true freshman quarterback starting for a Power 5 program, is questionable to play after sustaining an undisclosed injury against Missouri.

Swann exited that game early and did not return. He rejoined the Commodores at practice on Tuesday after not practicing during the bye week.

"My expectation is he'll be playing against South Carolina," Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea said. "Obviously we have to give him a chance to heal and demonstrate that he is ready, but I feel like there's time to do that. I feel like he's on course to do that."

Swann has completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 1,068 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception for an offense that ranks last in the SEC at 341 yards per game.

Rattler, a former Oklahoma standout, has a career-high nine interceptions with five touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his attempts for 1,637 yards.

The Gamecocks have won their past 13 matchups against the Commodores.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
South Carolina Gamecocks
28
21
Vanderbilt Commodores

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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Kevin Harris ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns to lift South Carolina to a 41-7 romp versus Vanderbilt on a rainy Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

Collin Hill threw for 196 passing yards and a pair of rushing scores for the Gamecocks (1-2), who led from start to finish.

South Carolina snapped a five-game losing skid while extending its winning streak in the series to 12 games.

Trailing 10-0 and facing fourth-and-4 from their 31, the Commodores (0-3) snapped the ball to the upback, who handed it to defensive back Elijah Hamilton. South Carolina defenders stayed in their lanes and tackled Hamilton a yard short of the first down.

Two plays later, Harris dashed 25 yards through a huge hole on the right side for a touchdown.

On the Commodores' ensuing possession, Vanderbilt quarterback Ken Seals found Cam Johnson with a quick throw to the Carolina 16, and the wide receiver turned in and ran past several defenders for a score.

South Carolina punched back with the equalizer on its next possession, with Hill scoring on a 10-yard scramble to cap a 75-yard drive.

A 17-yard punt set Carolina up at the Vandy 48, and Parker White converted a 40-yard field goal to put the Gamecocks up 20 with 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

After another Commodore punt, Harris found a hole between center and right guard and sprinted 88 yards untouched for a score.

After another Vanderbilt three-and-out possession, wide receiver Dakereon Joyner took a reverse and ran right for an easy 47-yard touchdown.

White opened the scoring with a 42-yard field goal with 5:19 left in the first quarter.

Vanderbilt's two subsequent drives ended inside the Carolina 11 with no points. First, kicker Pierson Cooke pushed a 29-yard field goal right.

On the next, Seals rolled right and couldn't find a receiver. Linebacker Ernest Jones pushed him out of bounds at the Gamecock 4 on a fourth-down play.

That turned momentum Carolina's way.

Hill found tight end Nick Muse wide open for 32 yards on the next snap. On the 12th play of that drive, Hill bulled his way through the line from a yard out on a fourth-and-goal play for the game's first touchdown.

--Field Level Media

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