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Fearless prediction special: South Carolina vs. Vandy

South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier looks

South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier looks on after winning the Capitol One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. (Jan. 2, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

No. 9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt (+6.5), 7:00 (ESPN): Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier has made a ton of progress at South Carolina. It is now time for the old ‘Ball coach’ to get his squad over the hump and into the national title game. It's the first time in program history the team was a preseason top-10 selection. That doesn't mean this game will necessary be a cake walk, however. Vandy knows this could be their one chance to gain their 15 minutes of fame this season. "This is the only thing that exists," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said during an interview with the Associated Press. "This is our Super Bowl. No other game exists."

Leading the way for the Gamecocks is dynamic RB Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore’s 2011 season ended prematurely due to a knee injury, but he’s ready to be the main man again for Spurrier. Lattimore ran for 818 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, despite missing the final six games. The Gamecocks are primed for a big season, but could experience a few hiccups along the way because of a suspect defense. They'll start slow against Vandy, but should be coasting by the fourth quarter.
 

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