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Week 1 Prediction

We’re less than 24 hours away from opening kick at Williams Brice Stadium to launch the 2022 football season. As I said before, it’s been quite some time since the Gamecocks have had this level of excitement and energy entering a season. The Gamecocks offense boasts a ton of talent with QB Spencer Rattler leading the way alongside talented receivers Jaheim Bell, Antwane Wells and returning senior receiver Josh Vann. The defense returns a loaded secondary with Cam Smith and Darius Rush. 

While most opening games are usually a tune up for the season, this game will be a fight. The question surrounding the Gamecocks is how the new offensive talent will mesh. Typically an offense struggles and has miscues in a season opener. Even with those mistakes, the home team is generally more talented and pulls away easily. That may be tough tomorrow as Georgia State is a talented team and will be ready to play, just ask Auburn. 

I look for the Gamecocks offense to have a potent passing attack and to stop Georgia State’s ground attack. Don’t expect a blowout, but I do expect a Gamecock victory. 

Prediction: USC 42- Georgia State 28

Justin Shealy