SEC Football Preview: North Carolina vs. South Carolina

South Carolina North Carolina logos on field of grass

South Carolina clashes with rival North Carolina on Saturday in Charlotte. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

By 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS (FIRST GAME)

North Carolina

Date Opponent Time TV
2-Sep vs. South Carolina* 7:30 PM ET ABC
9-Sep vs. Appalachian State 5:15 PM ET ACCN
16-Sep vs. Minnesota 3:30 PM ET
23-Sep at Pittsburgh TBA
7-Oct vs. Syracuse TBA
14-Oct vs. Miami (FL) TBA
21-Oct vs. Virginia TBA
28-Oct at Georgia Tech TBA
4-Nov vs. Campbell TBA
11-Nov vs. Duke TBA
18-Nov at Clemson TBA
25-Nov at North Carolina State TBA

South Carolina

Date Opponent Time TV
2-Sep vs. North Carolina* 7:30 PM ET ABC
9-Sep vs. Furman 7:30 PM ET ESP+
16-Sep at Georgia 3:30 PM ET CBS
23-Sep vs. Mississippi State TBA
30-Sep at Tennessee TBA
14-Oct vs. Florida TBA
21-Oct at Missouri TBA
28-Oct at Texas A&M TBA
4-Nov vs. Jacksonville State TBA
11-Nov vs. Vanderbilt TBA
18-Nov vs. Kentucky TBA
25-Nov vs. Clemson TBA

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating North Carolina South Carolina
ESPN FPI 22 33
Sagarin 50 38
Massey Composite 36 35
PiRate Ratings 24 36

KEY STATS (2022, PER GAME)

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct North Carolina
South Carolina
19
73
3
10
0.463
0.388
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense North Carolina
South Carolina
95
113
12
12
0.418
0.434
4th Down Conversion Pct North Carolina
South Carolina
11
31
1
4
0.676
0.591
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense North Carolina
South Carolina
61
86
9
13
0.500
0.556
Blocked Kicks South Carolina
North Carolina
3
72
1
9
6
1
Blocked Kicks Allowed South Carolina
North Carolina
32
74
4
7
1
2
Blocked Punts South Carolina 2 1 5
Blocked Punts Allowed South Carolina
North Carolina
1
64
1
6
0
1
Completion Percentage South Carolina
North Carolina
14
21
5
1
0.667
0.654
Defensive TDs South Carolina 33 4 2
Fewest Penalties North Carolina
South Carolina
96
107
9
10
86
90
Fewest Penalties Per Game North Carolina
South Carolina
67
102
6
10
6.14
6.92
Fewest Penalty Yards North Carolina
South Carolina
103
117
11
12
774
829
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game North Carolina
South Carolina
74
114
6
12
55.29
63.77
First Downs Defense South Carolina
North Carolina
111
127
11
14
292
322
First Downs Offense North Carolina
South Carolina
7
83
1
9
346
247
Fumbles Lost North Carolina
South Carolina
45
123
6
14
7
13
Fumbles Recovered South Carolina
North Carolina
50
107
9
12
8
5
Kickoff Return Defense South Carolina
North Carolina
23
109
2
11
17.26
23.07
Kickoff Returns South Carolina
North Carolina
5
9
2
4
25.13
23.68
Net Punting South Carolina
North Carolina
7
17
2
2
42.81
41.34
Passes Had Intercepted North Carolina
South Carolina
21
108
2
14
7
14
Passes Intercepted South Carolina
North Carolina
14
78
1
9
15
9
Passing Offense North Carolina
South Carolina
11
40
2
6
309.3
260.0
Passing Yards Allowed South Carolina
North Carolina
34
115
5
14
206.7
271.3
Passing Yards per Completion North Carolina
South Carolina
49
67
5
9
12.59
12.03
Punt Return Defense South Carolina
North Carolina
27
70
4
8
4.60
7.24
Punt Returns South Carolina
North Carolina
4
13
2
2
16.57
13.31
Red Zone Defense South Carolina
North Carolina
63
86
8
9
0.833
0.860
Red Zone Offense South Carolina
North Carolina
63
105
9
12
0.846
0.786
Rushing Defense North Carolina
South Carolina
85
116
12
13
165.2
198.0
Rushing Offense North Carolina
South Carolina
66
105
6
12
153.5
118.8
Sacks Allowed South Carolina
North Carolina
80
101
10
7
2.38
2.86
Scoring Defense South Carolina
North Carolina
86
101
10
14
28.8
30.8
Scoring Offense North Carolina
South Carolina
25
38
3
7
34.4
32.2
Tackles for Loss Allowed North Carolina
South Carolina
90
118
10
13
6.36
7.62
Team Passing Efficiency North Carolina
South Carolina
20
34
3
6
155.73
145.56
Team Passing Efficiency Defense South Carolina
North Carolina
27
114
7
14
121.76
146.71
Team Sacks South Carolina
North Carolina
109
127
12
14
1.54
1.21
Team Tackles for Loss South Carolina
North Carolina
120
129
13
14
4.4
3.6
Time of Possession North Carolina
South Carolina
63
96
8
11
29:55
28:41
Total Defense South Carolina
North Carolina
88
115
10
14
404.7
436.5
Total Offense North Carolina
South Carolina
19
71
2
9
462.8
378.8
Turnover Margin North Carolina
South Carolina
66
95
8
13
0.00
-0.31
Turnovers Gained South Carolina
North Carolina
19
104
2
12
23
14
Turnovers Lost North Carolina
South Carolina
25
125
4
14
14
27
Winning Percentage North Carolina
South Carolina
35
39
5
6
0.643
0.615

PLAYERS TO WATCH

North Carolina

QB Drake May, RB Omarion Hampton, WR Devontez Walker, OL Spencer Holland, DE Desmond Evans, LB Power Echols, DB Alijah Huzzie, P Ben Kierman, K Ryan Coe.

South Carolina

QB Spencer Rattler, RB Dakereon Joyner, WR Antwane Wells, OL Jakai Moore, DT Tonka Hemingway, LB Debo Williams, CB Marcellas Dial, P Kai Kroeger.

INJURIES

North Carolina

Player		POS	Status	
J. Randolph	TE	out for season - Lower Body
D. Walker	WR	Ques Sat - Eligibility
L. Cavazos	DB	Out indefinitely - Lower Body
R. Grigsby	OL	Out indefinitely - Lower Body

South Carolina

Player		POS	Status	
R. Mikeska	TE	Ques Sat - Undisclosed
A. Wells Jr.	WR	Prob Sat - Lower Body
E. Lewis	WR	Ques Sat - Undisclosed

Source: Covers.com

North Carolina vs. South Carolina Football Series History

North Carolina leads 35-20-4

COMMENTS

After an appearance in the ACC Championship game and Holiday bowl to end the 2022 season, the North Carolina Tar Heels will look to continue its early-season success under Mack Brown when it travels to Charlotte, North Carolina to face South Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl to kickoff the 2023 season. This marks the first time North Carolina has been ranked going into its matchup with South Carolina since Sept. 3, 1983. The Tar Heels won that contest 24-8, in Columbia. North Carolina has outscored South Carolina 958-675 in its 59 game history.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

South Carolina 28, North Carolina 27

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

North Carolina 42, South Carolina 38

Saturday‘s game kicks off at (7:30 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the ABC Network.

About 14Powers.com 4660 Articles
14Powers.com: Serving SEC Football, Basketball and Baseball fans since 2016.