THIS WEEK'S GAME: Alabama-Birmingham at South Carolina, Sept. 15 -- After winning by four points against Vanderbilt, the Gamecocks breezed past East Carolina in its home opener. Alabama-Birmingham enters with a 0-1 record, a 10-point home loss to Troy. South Carolina will probably attempt to continue to improve on its passing game, while working TB Marcus Lattimore back into the mix on the ground.
KEYS TO THE GAME
South Carolina scored first in each of its initial two games. Heavily favored to defeat Alabama-Birmingham, the Gamecocks will try to again get off to a quick start to dash any upset hopes the Blazers might have. If QB Connor Shaw is unable to start, Dylan Thompson will again get the call. He impressed coach Steve Spurrier both with his passing prowess and ability to get out of trouble in the pocket. On defense, the Gamecocks will have to find their pass rush, although it is coming off a game in which it forced five turnovers.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
WR Shaq Roland -- The freshman got his first taste of action against East Carolina. While he failed to come up with a couple of deep passes thrown his way, he managed to pull in two receptions for 25 yards and displayed the ability to be a big play threat with more experience.
LB Shaq Wilson -- The senior picked up his second interception in as many games, which caught the eye of coach Steve Spurrier. The defensive leader has been impressive both in the passing game and as a run stopper.
CB Jimmy Legree -- Considered a question mark at the start of the season, the junior has been a standout. He came through in a big way against East Carolina, returning an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.
--DE Jadeveon Clowney suffered a rib contusion against East Carolina. Although the team will go easy on him early in the week, it is expected he will be ready to play on Saturday.
--QB Connor Shaw missed Saturday's game against East Carolina after suffering a bruise in the bone in his right shoulder against Vanderbilt. After doing little in practice, he tried to throw before the game, but was unable to go. Coach Steve Spurrier said a decision on his availability will not be made before Thursday.
--RB Brandon Wilds missed his second game of the season because of a sprained ankle. He is not expected to return to action for several games.
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