Jacksonville State’s homecoming opponent is very familiar to the Gamecocks. Tennessee State is an Ohio Valley Conference foe that JSU knows really well.
This is the 9th Meeting between the Tigers and Gamecocks. JSU leads the series 7-1. Last year’s meeting was a 31-28 overtime win for JSU in Jacksonville. This year’s matchup is between a pair of ranked teams in the #23 Tigers and #24 Gamecocks.
The TSU game is the second of four straight games of playing a Tennessee school for the Gamecocks.
The #23 Tigers are 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in the conference. TSU has the number one ranked defense in the FCS.
The Tigers defense has only given up 8 total touchdowns all season. That defense is led by Nick Thrasher, who leads the team in tackles, and Anthony Bass, who leads in sacks. Offensively, the Tigers are a balanced offense led by a two quarterback system and a good running back in senior Tim Broughton. The Tigers have already rushed and passed for 1,228 and 1,225 yards respectively this season through week 6.
The Homecoming game should be an evenly matched game with the Gamecocks, having one of the best offenses in the conference.
The game depends on if the JSU defense can play up to their potential and limit the balanced attack. JSU’s offense will face one of the toughest defenses they have faced all season. Look for the offense to spread the field and do what they have done all season.
The game will be an exciting one and could come down to the wire like the Gamecocks have done all season, already playing three overtime games this year.