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South Carolina QB Jake Bentley has 6 rushing touchdowns in his last 4 games.

Jake Bentley returns to form, and South Carolina’s keys to upsetting Clemson

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Jake Bentley back on track

After throwing 5 interceptions in his last two games, South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley was his normal efficient self in the Gamecocks’ 31-10 win over the Wofford Terriers last Saturday.

The sophomore quarterback completed 22 of 28 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown in the win. Bentley showed off his wheels too, running for 2 more scores.

In his last four games, Bentley’s accounted for 9 total touchdowns, 3 through the air and 6 on the ground.

Three things to beat Clemson?

If South Carolina is to upset Clemson on Saturday night, it will need to do three key things, according to David Caraviello of SEC Country.

The upset bid starts with pressuring Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant.

“He’s not Deshaun Watson [who is], but the Clemson signal caller has proven more than adept at running the Tigers’ offense,” Caraviello writes. “And yet, if there’s one area on offense where Dabo Swinney’s team is less than perfect, it’s in the downfield passing game, where Clemson has often lacked the punch of the big play.”

Going bowling

According to the latest bowl projection roundup from SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan, the Gamecocks are still in the running for several different bowl games.

From the Music City Bowl vs. Iowa to the Citrus Bowl vs. Louisville, the latest predictions from several media different media outlets are filled with intriguing matchups.

While their destination is yet to be confirmed, the Gamecocks appear on track to play either an ACC or Big Ten foe.

Guests of honor

The Gamecocks are expecting a number of guests at Williams-Brice on Saturday for the Palmetto Bowl.

The guest list is highlighted by 2018 defensive tackle Rick Sandidge and 2018 junior college defensive end Dorian Gerald.

Sandidge is rated as the No. 129 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite. Gerald, a one-time Tennessee commit, is rated as the No. 11 overall JUCO player for 2018.

‘The atmosphere was amazing’

Class of 2020 running back Jordon Simmons was among those prospects on campus Saturday for South Carolina’s win over Wofford.

The Powder Springs, Ga., native left Columbia impressed by the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium.

“The game was good,” Simmons said. “The atmosphere was amazing. It was something that I would probably like to play there one day.”

Simmons has also visited Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee and Notre Dame this season.

Got their guy

The South Carolina baseball team hired Michigan State’s Skylar Meade as their next pitching coach, according to Brian Sakowski of Perfect Game USA.

The position has been vacant since Jerry Meyers took a leave of absence for medical reasons a few weeks ago.

New head coach Mark Kingston’s latest hire looks to be a good one, Meade led the Spartans pitching staff to back-to-back Big 10 ERA crowns.

Palmetto Bowl memories

In 2012, South Carolina capped off its second-consecutive 10-win regular season with a 27-17 win over Clemson on the road.

The Gamecocks were led by All-American DE Jadeveon Clowney, who set a Clemson Memorial Stadium single-game record with 4.5 sacks.

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