Miami is set to take on South Carolina, in a game that could very well be a very interesting matchup in the Independence Bowl. The Hurricanes and Gamecocks were expected to go very far this season, but pay per head wagering companies saw that this wasn’t the case, and now they’re entering this season with 6-6 records each. After they weren’t able to live up to the fans’ expectations, both teams will be very motivated to win this meeting.
Even though they have very talented players at offense, which include a season of 1,500-yards from RB Duke Johnson, this year Miami’s offense was very unreliable because of QB Brad Kaaya’s difficulties on the field. The player was seriously struggling, and this season the Hurricanes were beaten in their season’s last three meetings. The additional time practicing before the Independence Bowl should help Kaaya as well as the team, as they get ready to take on a Gamecocks defense that this year surrendered more than 30 points in each game played. South Carolina were trying very hard to replace quite a few of their most important defensive players, especially the very famous Jadeveon Clowney, who is now a big hit with NFL fans.
When it comes to their offense, the Gamecocks were able to have a very solid season behind senior QB Dylan Thompson, who got plenty of help coming from RB Mike Davis and WR Pharoh Cooper’s rise in the game. In November, South Carolina were having some trouble against Clemson and Florida’s very talented defenses, but the Gamecocks’ offense shouldn’t have any major issues against Miami in getting the ball moving. This season, the Hurricanes’ defense did not do a very good job on the field, as 24 points-per-game were given up even though they have the necessary experience and talent to perform better. Late during the season, the Hurricanes had problems against teams with average offenses, and they must work on their game or could seriously struggle when they face the Gamecocks.
Bowl games are very hard to foresee, particularly when the seasons for both teams proved to be upsetting. However, both teams should be very motivated to bounce back. Pay per head wagering companies believe that this should be a close matchup, but many experts also believe that the Hurricanes won’t be as efficient with the ball as the Gamecocks will, and South Carolina will be the ones to meet this meeting, however close it may be.