Saturday, October 24, 2009

5 Keys to a Gamecocks Win v Vandy

The 23rd-ranked Gamecocks (5-2, 2-2 SEC) host the struggling Commodores (2-5, 0-4) on Saturday at 7 p.m. (ESPNU).  As noted in the LOHD preview, a win today looks good on paper but also as I noted the Gamecocks can not overlook this Vandy team because despite the record they come into Columbia hungry for a win in the SEC.  The 'cocks can not allow it to be them that they reach that goal against....the gamecocks must execute these 5 keys to get a win today....

1.  Stop the Run Vandy Run --- simple right?  Let's hope, as the Gamecocks interior 'D' will have to be ready to limit Vandy success on the ground and force the qb to air it out to our hungry secondary.  I hope the gamecocks D line steps up big today as they have allowed the opposing team to control the line.

2.  SC balanced attack on offense --- gamecocks must have success mixing in the run and the pass.  I hope to see about a 50/50 split in the number of plays today.  The 3 running back cmte needs to eat up some yards on the ground, which will aid in keeping the gamecocks D fresh and Garcia must be accurate throwing the ball today.

3.  Gamecocks Special Teams --- don't be the cause of something bad, just do your job.

4.  Win the TO battle --- The gamecocks rank 6th in the SEC and 30th in the country in TO margin at +4 (13 takeaways - 8 fumbles and 5 INTS - and 9 TOs - 5 fumble & 4 INTs).  Let's see the gamecocks improve this mark by forcing Vandy to hurt their chances today.  I want to see the gamecocks get a forced fumble or get a INT.  The flip side is the Spurrier lead Offense does not need to do anything to aid Vandy in their quest to make it 3 in a row.

5. "Fire in the belly" ---  I really want to see a complete game from USC in 2009, where the offense is playing great and the defense is playing great.  I think they need to play with emotion, balls to the wall, knock somebody around, get fired up and close the deal.  Come out to "2001" with fire and let that guide them in the 1st half to a big lead so the second half can be easy on us fans watching.  I don't want to have to depend on the right 2nd half adjustments to secure a win.  Let's win this in the 1st half with "fire in the belly" play.


Also visit our pal Garnet & Black Attack - HERE - and read his thoughts on the game today.

{photo credit - Berry from The State paper}

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