COLUMBIA, S.C. — The bye week is in the rearview mirror. Up next for South Carolina is a homecoming showdown with Vanderbilt. Mike Chapman joins SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan to look at this week’s game in this edition of Zaxby’s Sound Off.
South Carolina ready to take on Vanderbilt
Junior Zack Bailey is healthy enough to return to his starting right tackle spot. Senior Cory Helms, the No. 1 right guard, is also healthy, so he could be back in the starting five. Junior Malik Young, who’s played both tackle positions, also has been cleared by team doctors.
Who starts on Saturday versus Vanderbilt? That’s to be determined this week during practice. (:30)
Sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley went to work on his footwork during the bye week. At this point of the season, it’s gotten out of whack. And that could have contributed to some of his accuracy issues. (3:13)
Players got a chance to decompress last weekend. The timing of the bye week and fall break certainly helped that way. (5:39)
Like South Carolina, Vanderbilt is also coming off a bye week. (6:20)
Could this be a tough game for the Gamecocks? Hale and Mike don’t really see eye to eye. (6:45)
Where should Kurt Roper start as a play caller against the Commodores? Just pick up where he left off a couple of weeks ago in Knoxville. (7:20)
The guys have a wide receiver they’d like to see involved in the running game, perhaps on some jet-sweep plays. (8:52)
Can Vanderbilt give South Carolina trouble during the early going? Mike shares his keys to the game. (9:10)
What happens if the Gamecocks win on Saturday? They’d be 6-2 and bowl eligible before the end of October. (10:06)
Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the SEC this season. (10:14)
Hale and Mike share their predictions for the SEC East showdown against Vanderbilt at Williams-Brice Stadium. (11:15)