South Carolina will host Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. Saturday inside Williams-Brice Stadium. Here’s a closer look at what will be the first meeting between these two schools.
Calm before the storm
South Carolina finds itself between the end of SEC play and start of rivalry week. It’s the perfect time for a letdown in concentration. Great teams don’t have these letdowns. If the Gamecocks want to prove they deserve that title, they’ll make their five-touchdown point spread look like child’s play.
Coastal’s not-so-secret weapon
A great Football Championship Series team has players that can compete — and excel — at the next level of college football. Coastal Carolina is no different. Meet Lorenzo Taliaferro, one of the best running backs in the country … in the FCS. Taliaferro’s numbers are even more video game-like than USC tailback Mike Davis. He’s fifth in the SEC with 1,466 rushing yards and second with 23 touchdowns. The Gamecocks know they need to keep Taliaferro in check. Here’s saying the 230-pound senior will have a big day.
Joe Moglia’s story from power business mogul to college football coach is well known. Moglia was CEO for TD Ameritrade from 2001-08. He remains the company’s chairman of the board, despite being in his second season as Coastal Carolina’s head coach. He’s estimated to be worth about $150 million, yet his passion for college football brought him back to the grind of long hours and hard falls.
Rush or rest?
Steve Spurrier said he won’t rest starters Saturday. He’s treating this game the same as Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, he said. Yet, reality dictates differently. With Davis and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney less than 100 percent, it will be interesting to see how much they play against Coastal Carolina. There’s a pretty big game coming up next week, you know.
South Carolina 52, Coastal Carolina 17
— Ryan Wood