2012 College Football Week 3 Preview: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UAB Blazers

University of Alabama-Birmingham

Founded: 1936 in Birmingham, Alabama

Student Body: 17,575 students- 11,128 undergraduate

Head Coach: Garrick McGee (1st year head coach)

2012 Record: 0-1, lost to Troy 39-29 in week one

Record vs. USC: USC leads the series 2-0

UAB fun fact:  UAB has only had a football team since 1991, and only became a D-1 team in 1996.

For the 2nd week in a row the Gamecocks will play against a Conference USA team, defeating ECU last week 48-10.  If the Gamecock's can pull off the win, it will be Spurrier's 200 college career victory.   It is still unclear weather Connor Shaw will be back in the line up after injuring his shoulder two weeks ago against Vandy.  If Shaw can not play, Dylan Thompson will start for the 2nd week in a row.  Last week Thompson looked good, passing for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns.  

Blazer offense: UAB will be lead on offense by junior QB Jonathan Perry, who passed for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns against Troy.  Perry's favorite target is Jackie Williams, who has 94 career catches and 1091 total yards.  In the backfield the Blazers are lead by sophomore running back Darrin Reaves, who ran for 48 yards on 11 carries against Troy.  

Blazer defense: UAB will be lead on defense by a pair of linebackers Greg Irvin and Marvi Burdette.  Against Troy, Irvin and Burdette combined for 22 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.  UAB's defense gave up 453 total yards against Troy, and 262 rushing yards.  Look for Lattimore to get back on track this weekend.

What Might Happen:  Just like last weekend, USC will score early and often.  Look for Lattimore to break the rushing touchdown record in the first quarter on his way to a big day.   I have a feeling Dylan Thompson will start but Connor Shaw will get a few snaps in along the way.  Thompson will once again look good throwing for over 250 yards this week.  As for Carolina's defense, look for Clowney and Taylor to put plenty of pressure on Perry.  UAB will look to get the ball out quickly to their speedy receivers, but just as last week, look for the Gamecock's secondary to once against come up big.  USC will give up plenty of yards this weekend, but will keep UAB from scoring more then 10 points. I predict that Jimmy Legree, Vic Hampton, and DJ Swearinger will all  have a great game. 

Prediction Time:  USC 37 UAB 10

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