COLOMBIA – Any skepticism has been quickly eliminated by the situation.
South Carolina always considers films from the last three or four games when planning a game for an opponent. Alabama lost to Clemson in the national championship game three games ago.
The Gamecocks want the Crimson Tide in four games a second loss to bring a team from South Carolina. And if they could channel the Alabama Tigers' 44-16 holes into their Saturday play at Williams Brice Stadium …
That would be alright.
"They will do what they do on the run game. I think some things in the passing game have obviously changed, "said USC coach Will Muschamp. "You just have to make the adjustments as far as you can see. It requires a complete team effort.
"I think scoring points is a big part of it, it changes the game and complexion of the game For Alabama offensive. "
Muschamp could have defied the conventional and declared that he would never look at Clemson's activities as coach of his USC team, but that would have been an absurd soap box to settle on, the Gamecocks ( 1-1) need all the help they can get when playing against Alabama (2-0) No. 2. This is a favorite with three touchdowns and a lot more.
Clemson did not shiver as he entered the Stadium went CFP Championship last year, even though they had played against one of the best teams of all time: defensive coordinator Brent Venables orchestrated a series of brilliant maneuvers that took Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out of his game Took the first ride of the tide and took it to the end zone for a shockingly quick first touchdown. From then on Tagovailoa was nervous and insecure, did not step into his throws, and tentatively tried to break through Clemson's defense.
Venables attributed a "cloud cover", something the tigers did not use much in their regular season, and was safe. Tagovailoa threw a second interception in the first half, the Tigers' offensive trampled the Tide's defense and the escape continued.
USC does not have the staff that Clemson has and can not mimic the production, but may find some plans to play a or two that may work Saturday. It also has the experience of a player who played in this game last year.
"There will be only a few memories that come to my mind this week," said Stauhals Tavien Feaster. "But we just have to prepare. See a great team fighting on all cylinders and winning the game against them.
Feaster crashed three times and two passes against Alabama In that win, he moved to USC over the summer. He was justifiably proud of the game of the tigers, but retained the key to victory against the flood of purple.
"Incredible victories, great teams, but what is understood does not have to be explained. We went out and executed and did our work, "he said. "I think they have a couple of secondary school kids who were injured last year, which will make them a lot better at the back end than when I played them." in every possible way that is essential for the protection of his young secondary school. If Tagovailoa has time to throw all day, he'll find one of his star receivers, like reigning Biletnikoff winner Jerry Jeudy.
Alabama has the better team. But USC can have the better game plan.
The right-wing guard Eric Douglas has done well during training on Wednesday, Muschamp said. He should be okay for Saturday.
Jovaughn Gwyn is expected to line up at the right guard, but Douglas, one of Gamecock's most versatile linemen, will be like a sixth man. He can drive backwards in three places.
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