USC plays its final game before the bye week Saturday at Tennessee and the Gamecocks have a chance to gain their fifth win, something they didn’t accomplish last season until the first weekend in November. So, it’s safe to say in year two under Will Muschamp that, to some degree, the Gamecocks are ahead of schedule. They haven’t put five wins on the board prior to the start of November since 2013, and they’ve got two cracks at that now.
The Gamecocks are hoping to be more healthy on the offensive line this week. Three starters…Zack Bailey, Corey Helms and Malik Young, have been out with lower leg injuries and Muschamp said Tuesday at his press conference Bailey and Helms moved around in that morning’s practice. In their absence in the win over Arkansas, the line held up nicely and produced the second highest rushing total of the season while allowing just one sack.
Defensively, the Gamecocks played three quarters of stingy football returning three turnovers for touchdowns as part of a 31-0 run. They clamped down on the Razorbacks’ vaunted rushing attack to just 69 yards over the first three quarters and to 106 yards for the game.
At his Tuesday press conference, Muschamp updated the status of his team at the midway point of the season and looked ahead to the Noon kickoff Saturday against the Vols. Tennessee is a 2.5 point favorite.
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