And there’s more good stuff here about how South Carolina’s run defense may fare against Todd Gurley tomorrow. In particular, check this out:
The Gamecocks averaged at least 6.8 defenders in the box each year from 2011 to 2013. This year, having faced the pass-heavy offenses of Texas A&M and East Carolina, they average 6.1 defenders in the box, second-fewest in the SEC.
South Carolina has keyed on Gurley, who has faced an average of 7.0 defenders in the box in their two meetings. If the Gamecocks are to avoid falling to 0-2 in the SEC, they will probably need to key in on Gurley again and not let him get to the second level unimpeded.
I’m guessing we’re not going to see that many I-formation sets from Bobo early on. Single back sets, with three receivers and a tight end, will force Carolina’s defense to spread out. If Ward chooses not to take that bait, I think Bobo will take his chances with Mason looking for Bennett and Conley being covered by those green defensive backs with little or no safety help.