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COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 28:  Stephen Garcia #5 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates a first half touchdown against the Clemson Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Ashton AContributor IOctober 16, 2016

The PapaJohns.com bowl is one of the most underrated bowls this season. It's a very evenly matched team. So lets break down and dissect each aspect of this game.

OFFENSE:

QB: South Carolina. Garcia is having a solid year, with a poor offensive line.
RB: UCONN. Very good rushing team. One 1,000 yard rusher and a 900 yard rusher, I think.
WR: South Carolina. Jeffery is a Freshman AA, Gurley is solid. 
OL: UCONN. And you know why. South Carolina O-line has been sub-par this season, and I think UCONN's big defensive lineman will exploit it.

Overall Advantage: South Carolina. I believe USC has clearly a better passing game, and has young running backs that average 5 a carry. UCONN, from what I've seen, is one-dimensional.

DEFENSE:

DL: Even. USC has monsters on the line, but is thin on the depth chart. UCONN has a solid group.
LB: South Carolina. AA Eric Norwood will be a force to be reckoned with all game.
Secondary: South Carolina. We are one of the best pass defenders in the country, while UCONN is ranked in the 90's statistically speaking.

Overall Advantage: South Carolina. I think the Gamecocks will control the line of scrimmage most of the game. Their defense is ranked third in the SEC, and held the Heisman candidate CJ Spiller to 18 yards on 9 carries. Wow.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Overall Advantage: Even. Both teams have sub-par kicking coverage (i.e. CJ Spiller, UCONN vs. West Virginia)


Prediction: USC 27, UCONN 21.

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