Georgia Bulldogs: SEC East Power Rankings, Week 8

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Oct 17, 2015; Columbia, SC, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Trent Sherfield (10) loses the ball as South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Al Harris Jr. (7) breaks up the pass during the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday was Vanderbilt’s golden opportunity to beat South Carolina. The Head Ball Coach done hung up the visor and even if it was a road game in Columbia, many felt that Vandy was going to knock off USC.

Even in the midst of a dynamic coaching regime change, the Gamecocks still protected their own house and beat Vanderbilt, 19-10. Johnny McCrary threw three picks in the game and that was the difference. McCrary now has 10 interceptions in 2015. Until he can stop turning the ball over, it won’t matter how improved the Vanderbilt defense is. It’s looking the Vandy will miss a bowl game for the second straight season.

Vanderbilt will host the Missouri Tigers on Saturday. Kickoff is at 4 PM ET and will air on the SEC Network.

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Oct 17, 2015; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (11) makes a catch during the second half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina won their first game under interim HC Shawn Elliott, 19-10 at home versus Vanderbilt. WR Pharoah Cooper continues to play well despite uncertainty with the USC program. Cooper had 7 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown.

While USC finally won a conference game, I’m not sure they win another in 2015 (@ Texas A&M, @Tennessee, Florida). The Gamecocks will have to win two of the three to make it to a bowl. They’re not beating Clemson at the end of the year. This a 4-8 (1-7) in 2015 and not much more.

South Carolina enters their bye before playing the Texas A&M Aggies in newly renovated Kyle Field on Halloween in this inter-divisional rivalry game.

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