Can UMass Upset the Struggling South Carolina Gamecocks?

In the shadow of Williams-Brice Stadium, the South Carolina State Fair is taking place. Carnival rides, impossible “put-the-ring-on-the-bottle” challenges and fried food galore is populating the fairgrounds. However, this southern tradition will see a considerable drop in attendance at about noon tomorrow when the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Massachusetts Minutemen. The game is expected to be an easy one for USC, as they are favored by 20 points as of Friday afternoon. However, South Carolina is giving freshman quarterback Jake Bentley his first playing time of the season. UMass’ scrappy defense will look to force him to make a rookie mistake early in the game. The Minutemen are undersized up front, but they have been able to compete with SEC offensive lines by using stunts and speed to make up for their disadvantage. This has proven effective against both Florida and Mississippi State, as UMass kept it close in both games, and even lead Miss State at halftime. UMass has been able to shock teams early, so they need to get rolling immediately to have a chance. In the fourth quarter, the Minutemen have crumbled all year. Against SEC teams, the cream rises. If UMass wants to win this game, their offense needs to kick start and jump out to an early lead, and give their defense a cushion to work with to try to force Bentley to do too much. I don’t think USC can get away with an average game here, but they sure aren’t playing Alabama. I take the Gamecocks, 24-10

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