16th-ranked South Carolina wants to make it six wins in a row over Vanderbilt this weekend, and oddsmakers think they've got a pretty good shot. The Gamecocks are a 22.5 point favorite thanks to a terrible start for Commodore football and a surging 'Cock program (phrasing!) that beat the #6 team in the country last week. Things look dire for Vandy, but these 'Dores have pulled off some big upsets against USC. The most notable win came in 2007 when they beat a top 10 Carolina team in a game that was so little-regarded that it couldn't even get a local TV broadcast.
We've pulled in some outside help from an expert to help preview this week's chance at an epic victory. Gamecock Man is a managing editor over at SBNation's Garnet and Black Attack, and he was willing to answer our questions about South Carolina football and how his Gamecocks match up with our Commodores. Here's what he had to say about Saturday's prime time contest.
When speaking to the media, Spurrier has emphasized that this South Carolina team is a work in progress. Although it's currently riding high off the upset of the week, the team is only a few weeks removed from a humiliating blowout loss to Texas A&M. I'm sure Spurrier is reminding the team that no matter how well they played against Georgia, any team that's bad enough to lose 52-28 at home is ripe for an upset on the road, regardless of the opponent. South Carolina isn't good enough to take any opponent for granted.