Five Things We Want To See: Vanderbilt Vs South Carolina
When Vanderbilt visits Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday evening to face the Gamecocks of South Carolina, it will be a tale of two teams entering the contest trending in different directions.
The Commodores are coming off their second,m and final bye week of the season and have now had two weeks to relish their upset win over Missouri.
Conversely the Gamecocks are entering the contest having lost two in a row. One to the Florida Gators where head coach Will Muschamp felt officiating cost his squad heavily, the second was a no-show second half where the birds turned a halftime lead into a 41-21 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers last Satuday in Knoxville.
What will it take for the Commodores to win in Columbia?
Here are our five things we want to see that will help lead to a win and keeping bowl hope alive.
FIVE THINGS WE WANT TO SEE
1) More Cowbell: The old saying goes "more cowbell" might lead one to think we're talking about Mississippi State, and that would be a logical assumption, but in this case that cowbell for Vanderbilt is Ke'Shawn Vaughn.
The talented senior running back was key in the Dores win over Missouri and will be versus the Gamecocks.
Feed Vaughn and let him do what he does, and if successful it will open things up for the quarterback-Mo Hasan- to be able to play loose and know he has a weapon that's working.
2) Mo Passing: Hasan was solid and took care of the football in his first start as a Commodores, but with a very good South Carolina defense likely to be waiting on Vaughn and the run game, Hasan needs to find some plays early in this one.
I'm not talking 80 yard bombs, rather simple passes that he is completing and moveing the chains that will force the Gamecocks to play straight and not overload the box to stop the run.
3) Lose The Milk Carton: Jared Pinkney has been plastered on milk cartons around Nashville for most of this season. The senior stud needs to be found, and soon.
Pinkney is a matchup nightmare for defenses, when he's engaged and the offense is looking to find him.
Find him and give Hasan that option.
4) Give Him Hell-inski: South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski is a talented player with great upside, but he is a true freshman and has struggledof late.
The Commodores must apply the same type pressure to Hilinski that did to Kelly Bryant. Doing that along with mixing coverages and playing with the same emotion they had last time out will be huge.
The Gamecocks offense has not scored more than 27 points in a single game this season. If they get to that number here, they win.
Putting heat and making Hilinski uncomfortable along with getting hits and sacks are imperative for the Commodores chances.
5) Continue To Have Fun: The Commodores actually looked like they were having fun and enjoying playing the game two weeks ago.
Keep having fun, go pklay loose, fly around and see what happens.