Reasons To Worry About Vanderbilt

By Rixon Lane

After a big win against Georgia, the Gamecocks hit the road for the first time this season. 

South Carolina heads to Vanderbilt to take on the Commodores, who have struggled mightily in their first three games of the season.

Most think the Gamecocks will have little trouble with Vandy, but here are five reasons why the Gamecocks shouldn't look past the Commodores. 

 

1. South Carolina hasn't scored mored than 21 points in Nashville in its last three contests at Vanderbilt. 

Vanderbilt's offense has plenty of issues, but the Gamecocks would probably like to get a lot of points on the board to put the game out of reach early. 

 

2. The Gamecocks have won their last two games at Vanderbilt by an average of nine points. 

With South Carolina trying to repair its image after the season-opening loss to Texas A&M, a close win over Vandy probably wouldn't help the cause. 

 

3. South Carolina beat Florida in Gainesville by more than two scores in 2010. The last time the Gamecocks did that in Nashville was 2006. 

For whatever reason, the Gamecocks haven't been able to pull away from the Commodores in recent seasons. They don't want to let Vanderbilt hang around this year.

 

4. Gamecock quarterbacks have thrown at least one interception in each of South Carolina's last four trips to Vanderbilt. 

Dylan Thompson has thrown an interception in every game so far this season. The Gamecocks don't want to give the Commodores any momentum at home. 

 

5. The last time a top-20 South Carolina team faced an unranked SEC East opponent on the road, it was last season against Tennessee.

I don't think I need to remind anyone how that worked out.