Saturday, September 19, 2009

5 keys to a South Carolina Gamecocks win vs. FAU Owls

Just look at those nice palmetto trees on the field such a good touch.  Oh...this is suppose to be about my five keys to a Carolina win versus FAU today.  I will be leaving here soon to head to the stadium and as my PREDICTION says watch for SC to win today by a score of 34-10.

I feel this week is pretty simple and basic - just win and avoid a letdown.

5 keys Today
1. Strike first and early --- USC must get out the gates strong today even if it is raining.  SC needs to get some points on the board and build a nice lead so it can cruise to a win today.  Garcia is a key as he must lead this team and move the ball around.

2.  Mistake Free Football ---USC can not allow a letdown to occur today and look past FAU even if they are without their go to guy today.  Garcia has to play smart, be a leader and throw to the right team.  The defense has to tackle and remember X's and O's today.  No "shooting ourselves" today.

3.  Don't let Special Teams hurt twice ---UGa made USC's special teamers look silly last week with 252 yards in kickoff returns against USC — including three runbacks of at least 48 yards — Gamecocks special teams coordinator Shane Beamer put several starters on the kick coverage team.  Fill the running lanes and wrap up.  Learn from the issues and do better b/c Ole Miss is watching.

4.  USC's Interior D --- The Owls will try to establish a running game and I am sure made notes of UGa going up the gut.  So the 3 man front for SC has to be ready to get off blocks and stuff the run.  Also the LB's and Secondary can not miss tackles today.

5.  Avoiding more injuries --- The injury bug has gotten around at USC - LB Rodney Paulk (knee), DT Nathan Pepper (ankle), LB Reggie Bowens (knee) and OL Kevin Young (knee) are out; SS Darian Stewart (neck) is questionable; DT Melvin Ingram (ankle) and DE Cliff Matthews (neck) are probable.  We do not need anymore with a key match up next week vs. Ole Miss.  I think this goes back to point #1 to get out to a early lead, play some new guys, control the tempo of the game and leave today with a Win.


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