SC vs. Virginia: Belk Bowl preview and predictions

UVA shuts out South Carolina 28-0 to win the Belk Bowl

South Carolina: The first game of the post-Samuel era did not go well. Samuel is sitting out the bowl to prepare for the National Football League draft. At 6-3 and 220 pounds, Edwards especially will get the opportunity to prove what he can do as a defense's primary point of emphasis.

Smith has 39 receptions for 597 yards and four touchdowns on the season, Edwards has 52 receptions for 809 yards and seven scores and Vann has 18 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. Watch him if the Gamecocks get into the red zone. Over South Carolina's final three games, Bentley threw for 1,048 yards and 12 touchdowns, including 510 yards and five scores in the loss to Clemson.

Samuel has 908 all-purpose yards on the season and 14 total touchdowns - 11 receiving, one passing, one on a kick return and one on a special teams fumble recovery. The win snapped their two-game losing streak.

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Dowdle has 117 rushing attempts on the season for 638 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 13 receptions out of the backfield for 127 yards and a score. That's true, if they're not the best. The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. Jake Bentley had thrown for 16 touchdowns during that span, including a 510-yard, five-TD performance against No. 2 Clemson, but struggled without wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who elected to bypass the bowl game to begin preparing for the National Football League draft. SC finished the regular season ranked 35th in total offense, however, I think they are going to run into some trouble against a Cavaliers defense that ranks 27th in scoring defense and 23rd in total defense. That could be a troubling sign for next season for the Gamecocks, who had come into the game as five-point favorites.

Perkins completed 22 of 31 passes for 208 yards and ran for 81 yards as the Cavaliers (8-5) ended the ACC's longest bowl drought. When these two teams meet, contrasting styles will clash.

In addition, this was the first-time the Gamecocks were shutout in their Bowl game history. Don't expect that this time around, as neither defense is as porous as Wake and A&M were. SC was 2 of 13 on third down conversions and 2 of 5 on fourth downs. It wouldn't be a surprise if these teams fell short of the over-under (54), and in close matches, favor the team with the turnover edge.

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