South Carolina vs. Connecticut
Connecticut will keep it close early, but South Carolina's speed and pass rush will eventually be the difference in the PapaJohns.com Bowl.
South Carolina offense vs. Connecticut defense
• South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier took an uncharacteristic approach in the Gamecocks' regular-season finale, dialing up 58 rushes and accumulating 223 yards on the ground in a 34-17 victory over Clemson. South Carolina has been inconsistent on the ground overall, but you can bet Spurrier will employ a similar approach in this game after the success his team had against Clemson. The Huskies are thin at linebacker after MLB Greg Lloyd Jr. suffered a season-ending knee injury against Syracuse, which forced them to move Scott Lutrus from the strong side to the middle. WLB Lawrence Wilson leads the team in tackles, but the problem is that redshirt freshman Jory Johnson has stepped in for Lutrus on the weak side and struggled with recognition and was often caught out of position in the Huskies' finale against South Florida. In addition, DTs Kendall Reyes and Twyon Martin are undersized and are going to struggle to anchor against the Gamecocks' interior offensive line. Expect South Carolina RB Brian Maddox and change-of-pace reserve Kenny Miles to get ample carries and squirt out for a few big gains.